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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Scarlet ginger – easy to grow by all gardeners

Scarlet ginger

By Ralph E. Mitchell Many gardeners shy away from exotic -looking plants with a mistaken fear related to their personal lack of horticultural skill. One such plant in bloom now is the scarlet ginger also known as  Hedychium… Read More

Double the color

Canna leaves

By Ralph E. Mitchell I wrote an article awhile back about canna lilies.  These perennial plants are so well-adapted to our area and their floral display is orchid-like and abundant.  While the blooms are fantastic and come in… Read More

Rediscovering an old favorite – The Coral Honeysuckle

Coral Honeysuckle

By Ralph E. Mitchell We just finished our 2018 Master Gardener Training activity called the “Parade of Plants”.  Master Gardener Trainees pick a plant and then develop a short ten-minute presentation on this plant.  All of the presentations… Read More

A fine vine is the sky vine

By Ralph E. Mitchell It is good to know the botanical name of a plant as the common name can be varied and confusing.  For instance, the plant known as Thunbergia grandiflora, is commonly known as the Bengal… 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