This February had been warm with lots of blooms. Check out the flowering plants featured at the UF/IFAS Extension Polk County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Garden.
Yellow Jessamine (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a Florida native. This vine blooms in late winter/early spring with yellow flowers and a wonderful fragrance. For more information on yellow jessamine click here.
Withlacoochee Viburnum (Viburnum obovatum ‘Withlacoochee’) is a large shrub or small tree (depending on your definition). It can grow anywhere from 8 to 25 feet in height and 6 to 10 feet tall. A highly drought tolerance plant with white flowers from winter through spring. Also provides shelter and food for wildlife.
Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides) is a large shrub blooming from spring through summer with very fragrant flowers. This shrub can grow 4 to 8 feet tall and just as wide. It tolerates partial sun to shade.
Camellia ‘Laura Walker’ (Camellia japonica ‘Laura Walker’). Camellias are shrubs that tolerate partial sun to shade and require acidic soil. They produce flowers from winter through spring with varying colors depending on the cultivar.
Coral Bean (Erythrina herbacea) is a native small tree or large shrub ranging in height from 5 to 10 feet tall and similar width. Coral bean prefers full sun but can tolerate partial sun. It is very drought tolerant and a nectar source for hummingbirds.
Golden Trumpet Tree (Handroanthus chrysotrichus), formerly known as Yellow Tabebuia. This medium sized tree can grow to 25 feet tall and just a wide. It is especially known for its bright yellow flowers in early spring.