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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

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

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

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

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