Over the years we've driven this route many times and believe me, I know all the best places to stop.
Here's one of my favorite stops on the Interstate... giggle .
One of the things I like about Rest Areas, other than the obvious, is the landscaping.
As you may know, I'm a garden and plant nut and looking at plants is a nice diversion from reading the tags on passing cars. (I get bored easily when traveling.)
There is one Rest Area in North Carolina that is especially nice. It's on I 85 in Alamance County and both north and south bound areas are beautifully landscaped.
This is the North bound area.
There must be several thousand day lilies blooming in great sweeping beds.
There are also nice shady spots to relax or have a picnic.
Oak leaf hydrangea
The ladies at the information center were so nice and told me the yellow day lilies are called "Mary Todd" and the orange ones are "Orange Crush".
This is the South bound area. Not only does it have the huge beds of the Mary Todd lilies but more Orange Crush.
You'll also see hostas, magnolia, gardenia and Japanese maples. I like the way they used variegated liriope to edge the beds.
There's a split rail fence along one of the walk ways.
These bright green hostas are beside the refreshment building. There was no one to ask about their name but they look a lot like the ones in my yard which are called "Dawn's Early Light."
Orange Crush day lilies and Japanese maple.
I hope you get a chance to visit this Rest Area sometime. It's one of those lovely little surprises along the way.
I'm on my way to
visit Susan @ A Southern Daydreamer
for Outdoor Wednesday and
Kim @ Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesday.
See you there. :)