In this Issue:
  • Create Your Own Fall Color with Annual Foliage Plants
  • Camellia: Think Before You Limb Up
  • What’s That Tree with the Purple Blooms?
  • Florida Native: Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris
  • The Right Loropetalum for Your Garden
  • Bring the Color of Hawaii to the Panhandle with Ti Plant!
  • Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus
  • Summer Is Time For Pollinators
  • Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair
  • Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites
  • Garden Design

    Create Your Own Fall Color with Annual Foliage Plants

    Florida is known for many things, however sweeping vistas of hillsides covered in the orange, red, and yellow foliage of fall is not one of them.  Our long, hot summers and short, cool (not cold) winters, and lack of anything of substance resembling a season in between, precludes the fall color show our neighbors to …

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    Camellia: Think Before You Limb Up

    A few months ago I visited a property that had been renovated to clean up some limbs that were in danger of falling on the house.  Pruning tree limbs that are in danger of hitting a structure is always a good idea, but it’s important to look at the impacts this practice may have on …

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    What’s That Tree with the Purple Blooms?

    Chaste tree.  The showy chaste tree makes an attractive specimen as the centerpiece of your landscape bed or in a large container on the deck. Easy-to-grow, drought resistant, and attractive to butterflies and bees, Vitex agnus-castus is a multi-stemmed small tree with fragrant, upwardly pointing lavender blooms and gray-green foliage. The chaste tree’s palmately divided …

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    Florida Native: Muhly Grass Muhlenbergia capillaris

    Versatile, easy-care, beautiful, native – what’s not to love about muhly grass? How is it versatile? It makes a perfect border along a fence or structure. Plant it in a single or double row depending on available space. Use a single plant as a specimen in a smaller landscape. Muhly grass can also be planted …

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    The Right Loropetalum for Your Garden

    A very popular landscape shrub installed by both professionals and homeowners is Loropetalum or Chinese fringe.  This shrub offers attractive foliage and flowers along with being evergreen. When you visit a nursery to select this plant for your landscape, realize that there are now many selections of Loropetalum available.  Learn about a few of the …

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    Bring the Color of Hawaii to the Panhandle with Ti Plant!

    Too often, would be gardeners travel to exotic locales, become intoxicated with the beautiful floral display of Plumeria, Jatropha, Bird of Paradise and Bougainvillea, and come home with visions of homemade leis picked from the garden dancing in their heads.  As anyone who has attempted to grow any of the aforementioned plants in the Panhandle …

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    Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus

    Each time I travel to central and south Florida and observe the wonderfully flamboyant tropical flora, I am reminded of the unique and frustrating climatic characteristics of Northwest Florida.  Our weather is tropical enough through the summer to sustain virtually everything our friends to the south grow, but winters north of the Big Bend are …

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    Summer Is Time For Pollinators

    National Pollinator Week is only recognized in June, but efforts to encourage pollinators shouldn’t end then. Pollination occurs when pollen grains are moved between two flowers of the same species, or within a single flower, by wind or animals that are pollinators. Successful pollination, which may require visits by multiple pollinators to a single flower, …

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    Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair

    Growing up, as soon as I entered the fair gates, I always headed straight for the rides. If I was lucky, I was able to get an unlimited pass strapped around my wrist and didn’t need to worry about rationing any tickets. Although I usually didn’t remember the names of particular rides – they were …

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    Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites

    We all know that when you have bare ground in Florida, eventually something unwanted moves in or the soil moves out. To avoid either of these negative outcomes, a good practice is to grow robust vegetative groundcovers, especially if the soil slopes and is at high risk of eroding. Turfgrass is one option, but what …

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