Do you plant with pollinators in mind, or are you an accidental pollinator? If you choose plants based on flowers, you may be choosing plants for pollinators without knowing it. Master Gardener Molly Griner took a quick walk through… Read More
Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping
By Ralph E. Mitchel l When you imagine the perfect small palm, you might think of one around ten feet tall, with deep-green, feather-like arching fronds about five feet long emerging from a bright green crownshaft on a… Read More
Q: I want to have a rain barrel to use for my rose garden. I am interested in saving water but I have heard that using water off the roof is a bad idea. What should I do?
Q: I want to have a rain barrel to use for my rose garden. I am interested in saving water but I have heard that using water off the roof is a bad idea. What should I do?… Read More
A: There are numerous lists of native plants to grow in Northeast Florida. If you are thinking about adding natives to your landscape I would encourage you to consider adding plants in small increments to determine how they… Read More
Introduction Armored scales are small insect pests that use a straw-like mouthpart to suck out plant juices, have a hard exterior like a shell, and in high numbers can cause serious problems or kill the plant. The cycad… Read More
Q: What can you tell me about the green and white flax plant I keep seeing pop up all over town – even in commercial sites?
A: I believe you are referring to variegated flax lily, Dianella tasmanica variegate. The most important factor of this plant, and probably why you are seeing it everywhere, is its drought tolerance. Plus, it is not picky about… Read More
Have you ever thought about the value of birds? I mean, the value in dollars. There over 18,000 birds on this planet, all different and all play a role in keeping Florida ecosystems healthy. They can also keep… Read More
By Ralph E. Mitchell Crocosmia is one plant that I have always wanted to try. While I like to “Plan Before I Plant”, I am sometimes impulsive in my plant purchases. So, when I saw a bag of… Read More
Q: I have notice a few commercial and governmental sites in Central Florida have been using Jerusalem Thorn as a parking lot tree. Why don’t we use it more often here? It seems like a care-free tree. A: … Read More
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Michael Dukes, director of the Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences, has been named a Fellow by a prestigious national organization. The American Society… Read More