Florida-Friendly Landscaping principle #1 is to plant the Right Plant in the Right Place
Climate – Choose plants that grow in your USDA hardiness zone. For Orange County, we are in Zone 9B. These plants are known to do well in the temperature range in our area.
Sunlight – Choose plants that match your site’s light conditions. Many plants need full sun or partial sun to thrive. If you have a shady area that receives less than 6 hours of sunlight per day, look for shade loving plants.
Soil moisture and pH – Is your soil usually wet or dry? Pay attention to the soil moisture at your site and match plants accordingly. Irrigation should be supplemental with extra water added during dry periods. If your site is very wet, look for aquatic plants. For very dry sites or sites that do not wish to use irrigation, choose drought-tolerant plants. Do a soil test to determine the pH of your soil and make sure plants selected are suited for your soil’s pH.
Want to learn more? Check out horticulture classes offered by UF/IFAS Extension Orange County on Eventbrite. Read about Florida-Friendly Landscaping™. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram and visit our website https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/orange/home-lawns-landscapes-and-gardens/florida-friendly-landscaping/.