Category: Horticulture

Plant cannas now, enjoy the flowers later

By Ralph E. Mitchell Would you be intrigued with a flowering perennial plant named ‘King Midas’ or ‘Porcelain Rose’?  How about ‘Red King Hubert’ or ‘Madame Butterfly’?  These are cultivars of cannas that are well adapted to our… Read More

Now in bloom – don’t miss the Pink Trumpet Tree

By Ralph E. Mitchell There are many types of trumpet or Tabebuia trees in our area.  One that is making a show of itself right now is the Pink Trumpet tree or Tabebuia heterophylla .  A small to… Read More

The Grand Crinum Lily

By Ralph E. Mitchell A recent program at our yearly Landscape Gardening Series was one on “Lilies and Iris” presented by our own Thomas Becker, Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ UF/IFAS Education/Training Specialist.  One plant in the lily family that Tom… Read More

Soil testing is fundamental

By Ralph E. Mitchell I have heard that one of our soil’s best attributes is for keeping plants upright – our Florida terra firma takes a great deal of ridicule!  “Moon sand” or “beach sand” are common terms… Read More

Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?

By Ralph E. Mitchell Can you grow a coconut palm in Charlotte County?  The short answer is both “yes” and “no”.  While this magnificent symbol of the tropics makes a wonderful landscape feature in some places, it is… Read More