Monthly Archive: December 2015

Too Much of a Good Thing?

Information on gardening practices is freely shared between gardeners and many times the good advice is helpful in plant selection and improving plant growth. There are some passed along practices that are not always suitable for every situation and gardeners may need to investigate a little deeper before implementing the good advice. One common recommendation …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/30/too-much-of-a-good-thing/

Angelina Sedum Shines in Winter Landscapes

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ is an evergreen perennial that adds some pizazz to winter landscapes. This low growing plant performs well in sunny, well-drained spots in the landscape but will also tolerate some shade. In the summer, the foliage is a brilliant chartreuse but after a few cold snaps it takes on a coppery bronze tinge …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/30/angelina-sedum-shines-in-winter-landscapes/

Gardener’s To Do List for December

Though the calendar says December, the weather in Northwest Florida fluctuates between winter and spring temperatures. The nice days are wonderful opportunities to accomplish many of those outside landscape chores in preparation for spring.  But, it is also a good time to start planning for next month’s colder temperatures.  Since we don’t experience frozen soil, …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/16/gardeners-to-do-list-for-december/

Is That Cotton Growing in My Trees?

With the cotton harvest coming to an end, it’s not unusual to see cotton littered on the sides of the road.  You may also think you see it hanging in the trees, but you will be pleasantly surprised to find a hidden gem.  Woodbine (Clematis virginiana) and coastal virgin’s bower (Clematis catesbyana) are two native …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/16/is-that-cotton-growing-in-my-trees/

Doveweed: A Warm Season Turf Problem Most Visible In Fall

Ramon Leon, WFREC Weed Specialist Doveweed (Murdannia nudiflora) is a summer annual weed species that belongs to the dayflower family. Over the last three years, this weed has become an important weed problem in residential lawns and sod production. This weed has two key characteristics that make it successful. First, its seeds germinate late during …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/04/doveweed-a-warm-season-turf-problem-most-visible-in-fall/

A Plant Favorite Comes South

A visit to a nursery and homeowners will see so many new selections of plants for the landscape. Some of these plants are new plant developments and may include plants we could not previously grow in Florida’s heat and humidity. One new plant series is the Southgate® Rhododendrons. Anyone from more northern areas of the South …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/04/a-plant-favorite-comes-south/

Time to Plant Trees & Shrubs

The cooler weather in the wintertime makes it a great time to plant trees and shrubs. That is why Arbor Day in Florida is the third Friday in January. In 2016, that event is January 15. Start your planning now with doing a site assessment on your landscape, then choosing the right trees and shrubs for your …

Continue reading »

Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2015/12/04/time-to-plant-trees-shrubs/