Happy spring! The first official day of spring this year was Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Our Florida-Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Garden is full of new blooms this month.
Fringetree, also known as Old Man’s Beard (Chionanthus virginicus) is a Florida native. This tree is deciduous, meaning it loses its leaves in winter, but leaves grow back out in the spring. The best part about this tree is right before the leaves begin to grow it blooms with beautiful white flowers. It is considered a small tree growing anywhere from 12 to 20 feet in height and 10 to 15 feet wide. Will grow in full sun to shade, but flowers better in full sun. Additionally, this tree has medium to high wind resistance.
Florida Greeneyes (Berlandiera subacaulis) is a Florida native plant. This evergreen, flowering perennial is drought tolerant once established. It makes a great addition to the garden for attracting pollinators.
Yesterday-Today-and-Tomorrow, (Brunsfelsia grandiflora) is a large shrub known for its beautiful white and purple flowers. Prefers morning sun and afternoon shade. This shrub can reach 7 to 10 feet in height and 5 to 8 feet in width, so allow for mature size when planting. There are also dwarf cultivars.
African Iris (Dietes iridoides) has just started blooming this month and will flower from spring through summer. This perennial plant grows to 2 to 4 feet in height and 1 to 2 feet in width. Prefers full sun to part shade and tolerates wet to well drained soil.
Indian Hawthorn (Raphiolepis spp.) may not come to mind when you think of flowering plants, but it certainly can flower given the proper care. For best flowering, plant in full sun. Additionally, prune after flowering and do not prune after July 4th. Flower buds are set on last year’s growth, so pruning too late may remove the flowers for next year.
Coral Honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) is a Florida native vine. Known for its bright red flowers from spring through summer. It is also a nectar source for hummingbirds and butterflies. Prefers full sun to part shade.
Have you visited the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Demonstration Garden in Bartow recently? If not, we invite you to stop by and check out the gardens.
UF/IFAS Extension Polk County
1702 Highway 17 South
Bartow, FL 33830
For more details and directions, call 863-519-1041.