A: The common pineapple lily, Eucomis cosmosa, was originally from South America so it has a very tropical look to it. It grows about 2 feet tall with about the same spread. It is not… Read More
Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping
A: Pansy, Violax wittrockiana, can be planted in the spring or fall when night temperatures are 40ºF and day temperatures are 60ºF. So either season will work and pansies have been known to tolerate freezing… Read More
Q: I am thinking about planting beach morning glory on my dune areas behind my beach house. What can you tell me about this plant?
A: The common beach morning glory is generally not cold tolerant enough for our area as it typically grows in cold hardiness zones 10-11. Perhaps consider planting Fiddle-leaf morning glory, Ipomoea stolonifera, which is a… Read More
A As you were describing it to me, I became very interested as orange colored wildflowers are not as common as yellow or pink. It helped tremendously when you brought a sample into the office. … Read More
Q: I purchased some swamp milkweed at one of your previous plant sales and I really want to get some more.
A: Swamp milkweed, Asclepias incarnata, is difficult to find it locally, but we will have a few specimens of the native swamp milkweed at our spring plant sale. Ours are particularly large and beautiful. The… Read More
Q: I believe I have the Mexican milkweed in my garden and would like to replace it. Which one should I choose?
Q: I believe I have the Mexican milkweed in my garden and would like to replace it. Online I see Asclepias tuberosa and Asclepias lanceolata as well as the incarnata. Which one should I choose? A: … Read More
A: Thanks for bringing in a sample of the insect as there are two very similar looking. One is the Milkweed assassin bug and the other, the Giant Milkweed bug, Oncopeltus fasciatus. Yours was the… Read More
A: Known for its showy flowers, the genus Mandevilla includes plants that were formerly called Dipladenia. This plant grows well on a trellis and is sometimes referred to as Allamanda. There are about 100 species… Read More
A: This is a native perennial wildflower, which usually blooms from the spring through the fall, but we have had such a mild winter this year, it just never went into dormancy. The plant is… Read More
A: Hollyhock, Althaea rose, can indeed be grown here as an annual or perennial. Many garden enthusiasts love to start hollyhocks from seed but they are also a good choice for beginning gardeners. They should… Read More