Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Hurricane-damaged tree assessment–remove the tree or attempt restoration–that is the question

By Ralph E. Mitchell The roof is fine, you have fixed the leaning fence and the floods have receded. Your landscape is in a relative mess, but your trees are giving you some real concerns. Can you make… Read More

The Everglades palm in your backyard

By Ralph E. Mitchell Florida is home to several native palms of interest including the paurotis palm aka Everglades palm and/or silver saw palm. Multiple canes emerge to make a dramatic landscape feature adorned with fan-like fronds atop… Read More

Natal plums – fragrant blooms, tasty fruit

By Ralph E. Mitchell I often wander through our Demonstration Garden at the East Port Environmental Campus on Harbor View Road in Port Charlotte to see what is blooming, producing fruit, or has a pest infestation. Our Natal… Read More

Whether you call it frangipani or plumeria, this small flowering tree makes a stunning tropical accent

By Ralph E. Mitchell The plumeria are starting to bloom around Charlotte County, and in spite of our drought, they are thriving. I noticed the one in our Demonstration garden was producing a cluster of red and orange… Read More