Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

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

‘Blue daze’ – deep sky-blue flowers in abundance

By Ralph E. Mitchell I first saw a hanging basket of ‘Blue Daze’ at a garden center where I worked in Rhode Island sometime in the late 1980’s.  I had never seen a plant that so aptly fit… Read More

Looking to plant new trees – what are best to resist a hurricane?

By Ralph E. Mitchell While many tree failures can be traced to structural weaknesses that could be eliminated with training, some trees (and palms) are just naturally more wind resistant than others and better apt to survive a… Read More

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