In this Issue:
  • Low Maintenance Ground Cover for Hot, Dry Sites
  • Plan to Enhance Your Shade
  • Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season
  • Hurricane Preparation in the Landscape
  • Permaculture Practices for the Home Landscape
  • Surefire Shrubs for Containers
  • Rain Gardens – A Solution for Runoff
  • Landscaping in Coastal Areas
  • Butterfly Gardening
  • Drama in the Garden with Amazon Dianthus Series
  • Garden Design

    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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    Plan to Enhance Your Shade

    Many landscapes have areas with tree canopies that lend themselves to becoming an attractive low maintenance garden area. Too often we may try to fight our shade by growing turf or pruning trees to allow more sunlight.  The low maintenance approach can be to enhance your shaded area with plants and features that are both …

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    Readying Your Raised Beds for Northwest Florida’s Best Gardening Season

    I had to do a hard thing last week.  My battle-worn okra, eggplant and pepper plants that had produced so reliably since June and endured all the summertime challenges (heat, insects, disease, and a hurricane to name a few) were finally pulled out of my raised bed garden and discarded.  A combination of lowered yields, …

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    Hurricane Preparation in the Landscape

    Well, it is the peak of hurricane season (June 1-November 30), and this one is proving to be no joke. After having all summer to heat up, Gulf and Atlantic water temperatures peak in late August-mid September, feeding storms’ strength. Legendary hurricanes like Harvey, Katrina, and Andrew all made landfall during this time of year. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/09/08/hurricane-preparation-in-the-landscape/

    Permaculture Practices for the Home Landscape

    If you’ve attended any of our landscaping classes, then you’ve probably heard the phrase “Right Plant, Right Place”.  This phrase is a simple reminder to research plant growth habits and growing conditions before making selections for your landscape.  This not only holds true for ornamental plants, but for edible crops as well.  A term used …

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    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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    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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    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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    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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