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Fringetree – Chionanthus virginicus

Fringe Tree or Old Man’s Beard (Chionanthus Virginicus) is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 3A to 9B. Fringe tree is a native plant through many states, as well as Florida in North and Central Florida.  It can reach… Read More

In the Neighborhood: A Florida-, bay-, and wildlife-friendly yard

By Lee Hayes Byron, County Extension Director and Abbey Tyrna, Water Resources Extension Agent As I travel around Sarasota County, I see so many examples of sustainability and best practices applied in peoples’ yards, homes, and neighborhoods. These… Read More

Muhly Grass – Muhlenbergia capillaris

Muhly Grass (Muhlbergia capillaris) is a Florida native ornamental grass that is hardy in Florida from USDA hardiness zones 8 to 11.  Mulhly grass is outstanding in landscapes throughout the year with evergreen foliage. It is particulary attracitve… Read More

Maryland Goldenaster – Chryopsis mariana

Maryland Goldenaster (Chryopsis mariana) is a Florida native perennial.  It is hardy from USDA hardiness zones 4a to 10, with zones 8-10 in Florida.  While you may have observed this goldenaster in the UF/IFAS Extension Sumter County Demonstration… Read More

Manage Thatch, Manage this Pest-Tropical Sod Webworm

Have you been bothered by small brown moths flitting around your landscape?  You may find them in your landscape year-round, but may more likely find them from August to October which can lead to negative impacts to the… Read More

CEU Series–Landscape University!

How do you encourage more good bugs in your landscapes? What kind of plants can thrive in shady areas? What is the deal with invasive species? Landscapes and waterways are connected? What services are available when the fungus… Read More

Roselle Hibiscus—The Florida Cranberry

I know you know the tropical hibiscus flower. Perhaps you have enjoyed some hibiscus tea? It is a more popularized way of drinking up this flavorful flower, but it has many more uses than you may know of!… Read More