Category: Home Landscapes

2018 Landscape Gardening Series

The annual Landscape Gardening Series sponsored by the University of Florida/IFAS Extension Charlotte County Master Gardeners will begin Friday, January 26th.  Six sessions are scheduled to be held at the Charlotte County Environmental Campus, 25550 Harbor View Road,… Read More

Esplanade Curb Appeal

By Thomas Becker Landscape design is an “art” form that changes as plants grow and people use a space. Good curb appeal begins with the wise use of street trees, well-trimmed shrubbery, manicured lawns and cottage home Florida colors…. Read More

Bud drop and other hibiscus horror stories

By Ralph E. Mitchell A landscape without a hibiscus is like a day without a sunrise!  These beautiful, well-developed flowering shrubs are readily available and in great demand across the gardening spectrum.  Hibiscus have their share of problems… Read More

Tropical sage is a cheerful little native flower

By Ralph E. Mitchell Some native plants do not have the “zing” that many of our more exotic plants possess.  However, one native that does give a show is the tropical sage.  Also called wild sage, fireweed, scarlet… Read More

Once called “wild bananas” and “false birds-of-paradise” , this plant now answers to heliconia

By Ralph E. Mitchell Heliconias do great in Southwest Florida!  This native to tropical America easily adapts to a variety of home landscapes and sports colorful bracts of red, yellow, orange, and pink which adorn deep green leafy… Read More