In this Issue:
  • Surefire Shrubs for Containers
  • Rain Gardens – A Solution for Runoff
  • Landscaping in Coastal Areas
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Drama in the Garden with Amazon Dianthus Series
  • A Shrub that Likes it Shady
  • Landscaping for Children
  • Put Some Thought into Tree Placement
  • Raised Bed Gardening 101
  • Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea
  • Garden Design

    Surefire Shrubs for Containers

    Growing in containers can be one of the most versatile ways to add color, texture and mobility to the landscape.  However, gardeners generally reach for finicky annuals to fill their pots with pizzazz.  The problem with this strategy is that most annuals and perennials need to be watered constantly, fertilized regularly, and changed out with …

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    Rain Gardens – A Solution for Runoff

    Tropical Storm Cindy’s early arrival soaked northwest Florida this month, followed by even more heavy rain. Homes in low areas and along the rivers flooded and suffered extensive damage. That being said, we are just entering our summer “rainy season,” so it may be wise to spend extra time thinking about adjusting your landscape to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/07/05/rain-gardens/

    Landscaping in Coastal Areas

    People from other parts of the country often move into Florida with expectations of their landscape beyond its capabilities. Those gorgeous peonies that grew up north or the perfect tomatoes they grew in California seem to wither in the heat or succumb to any number of insect or fungal pests. Adapting to our conditions takes …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/06/15/landscaping-in-coastal-areas/

    Butterfly Gardening

    Have you been thinking about creating a butterfly garden but don’t know where to start? Afraid it’s too much upkeep or has to look wild and untamed? Spend a Saturday morning with the UF/IFAS Master Gardeners of Bay County to see how to design, install, and maintain a colorful low maintenance butterfly garden. Next Saturday, …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/05/26/butterfly-gardening/

    Drama in the Garden with Amazon Dianthus Series

    We may shy away from drama in our lives but drama in the garden is always welcome. One plant series that will be a prominent feature in any garden bed is the Amazon Dianthus series. Although we normally consider Fall the time to plant dianthus, the Amazon Series developed by PanAmerican Seed company can be …

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    A Shrub that Likes it Shady

    Almost every landscape has a problem area where the sun just doesn’t shine and many plants won’t make it, maybe it’s the north side of your house, under a small tree, or tucked away in an oddly-shaped alcove.  We all know the same old boring green choices that work well here (Holly Fern, Cast Iron …

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    Landscaping for Children

    I recently had the pleasure of visiting Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida and experienced one of their newest additions, a children’s garden. As much a playground as a place for growing plants, it was full of whimsical energy and invitations to explore. The entire area encouraged children to reach beyond their comfort zones and engage …

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    Put Some Thought into Tree Placement

    It’s really tempting to buy a tree and plant it in the middle of your lawn or directly in front of your picture window, but instead take some time to choose the best spot first. Several considerations such as maintenance and mature size should be taken into account before the site is selected. Placing a …

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    Raised Bed Gardening 101

    Want to start a vegetable garden, but don’t know where to start? Are you seeing rectangular boxes popping up all over your neighbors’ yards and wondering why? Well, I am here to spread the news of raised-bed gardening! Raised-bed gardening is a convenient way to grow vegetables without worrying about the quality of your soil. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/01/raised-bed-gardening-101/

    Why A One Size Fits All Approach to Lawn Care is a Bad Idea

    Regardless of what the tag says one size does not fit all. As with clothing, a piece will undoubtedly be too large for some and too small for others. Trying to go with a “one size fits all” approach to lawn care will lead to the same kind of frustration and disappointment as an ill-fitting garment. All …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/02/23/why-a-one-size-fits-all-approach-to-lawn-care-is-a-bad-idea/

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