Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

UF/IFAS Extension Nature Coast Master Gardeners Project Receives International Recognition

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida’s climate supports the growth of all varieties of plants, from native to exotic species. But University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences experts have long worked to educate the public on identifying… Read More

Silent Invader: Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex

Love and Hate Facebook gardening groups will light up at the mention of Mexican Petunia, Ruellia simplex.  Comments like “Worst weed ever!”, “My favorite plant!”, “Invasive! Pull it out quickly!”, and “It’s so easy to grow, I love… Read More

Silent Invader: Lantana

Silent Invaders When we think of things as being invasive we often imagine something like water Hyacinths covering every inch of a waterway or acres of Brazilian Peppers blocking out the sun where nothing else will grow. Invasive… Read More

Coffee – a great ornamental small tree, and maybe, a bean or two!

By Ralph E. Mitchell Coffee is a favorite beverage for much of the world.  In addition to this attribute, coffee plants can also be considered ornamental and novel in regards to your backyard landscape.  Small coffee seedlings are… Read More

Water-Wise Landscaping Awards 2019

The Water-Wise Awards program is designed to recognize attractive, water conserving landscapes for homes and businesses. Winning landscapes balance attractive design with plants, landscape elements, and efficient irrigation techniques. Points are awarded for the use of appropriately located… Read More

Tis the Season for Fungal Lawn Diseases

It never fails, around April or May each year the UF/IFAS Extension Service gets inundated with calls from distressed homeowners and landscapers about dying lawns. This year has proven no different. Multiple grass samples have been analyzed by… Read More