Are you getting ready to plant new shrubs in your landscape? Before you buy another plant or dig another hole, watch this quick step-by-step video tutorial. I’ve included tips about plant selection, hole sizing, mulching & more. Get ready to achieve landscape success!
Part 1 – Before you buy… tips for choosing the right plant
Part 2 – Before you dig… watch this!
Part 3 – “…plant ’em low, they won’t grow…”
Part 4 – Finishing touches – water & mulch
TIP: Don’t forget about watering!
As long as you follow the principle of “right plant, right place,” your new shrubs should typically be able to survive on rainfall once they’re well-established.* But even the most drought-tolerant shrubs need a period of regular watering until they get fully established. The following table can be used as a general guide, based on the size of plant material.
*(Note: During periods of extreme prolonged drought, even well-established, drought-tolerant plants will sometimes benefit from a bit of supplemental watering.)
About the featured shrub –
As I mentioned in the first video, there are several varieties, or ‘cultivars’ of Walter’s viburnum (Viburnum obovatum) available in the nursery trade. They range from tiny, compact shrubs like ‘Mrs. Schiller’s Delight’ to very large forms that exceed 25′ in height! The shrub in the video is a compact “dwarf” cultivar of Walter’s viburnum called ‘Whorled Class.’ Aside from the compact growth habit, a key distinguishing feature of this cultivar is that it has three leaves from each leaf node, giving an especially dense look to the dark green foliage.
PLANT SELECTION GUIDES –
- Florida Native Plant Society – Searchable plant selection guide for Florida native plants. This guide allows you to choose your county, select site characteristics, salt tolerance, etc. (NOTE: To avoid losing your search results, click the green “Back to List” button, rather than using the ‘back’ button on your browser.
- Waterwise Plant Selection Database – A user-friendly, searchable plant selection guide from the St. Johns River Water Management District (SJRWMD) – This guide includes both native and non-native “Florida-Friendly” options. The guide allows you to select plant type (groundcover, flower, ferns, trees, vines, etc.), soil conditions, plant height, growth characteristics, flower color, etc. Includes photos for many plants.
- Florida Friendly Landscaping Plant Selection Guide – A searchable plant list that includes both native and non-native “Florida-Friendly” options. After selecting your region (north / central / south) and plant-type (tree / shrub / etc.) you have the option to refine your search based on specific site conditions (soil type, moisture levels, salt tolerance, etc.)
- NOTE: If you live within the Southwest Florida Water management District, you can also request a paper copy of the UF/IFAS publication – Florida-Friendly LandscapingTM Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design. Click this link to visit the free publications section of the Southwest Florida Water Management’s page, WaterMatters.org. Outside of the SWFWMD region, check with your local UF/IFAS Extension office – http://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/find-your-local-office/
- Other UF/IFAS online materials: There is an enormous collection of information available online from UF/IFAS. I always tell people, “If it can grow in Florida, UF/IFAS has info for you.” Simply go to your favorite search engine, type (name of the plant/animal) + ‘IFAS’, and you’ll have a good starting point.
About the Author: As the Florida Friendly Landscaping (FFL) Program Coordinator in Pasco County, I work with the residents, homebuilders, and businesses of Pasco to help create attractive landscapes that DON’T require a lot of water, fertilizer, and pesticides. Through an innovative collaboration with Pasco County Utilities, the Pasco County FFL Program also provides on-site troubleshooting assistance to individuals and communities identified as high water users. My motto is – “Less guesswork, better landscapes.” I can be reached at email@example.com
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by Frank Galdo
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