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Category: Florida-Friendly Landscaping

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Canna leaves

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 shades… Read More

A fine vine is the sky vine

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 clockvine,… 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… Read More

Soil testing is fundamental

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 used… 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… Read More