In this Issue:
  • Camellia: Think Before You Limb Up
  • What’s That Tree with the Purple Blooms?
  • Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators
  • Leaf Spots Abound on Hydrangeas this Time of Year
  • Heating up with Hardy Hibiscus
  • Enter Your Garden Bounty into the North Florida Fair
  • Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!
  • Wild Azaleas
  • How to Succeed with Hydrangeas
  • Showy Spring Flowering Viburnum luzoncium
  • Ornamental Shrubs

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/09/06/camellia-think-before-you-limb-up/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/whats-that-tree-with-the-purple-blooms/

    Dotted Horsemint Attracts More than Pollinators

    In 2016, I wrote an article for Gardening in the Panhandle called “Attract Pollinators with Dotted Horsemint” introducing readers to this tough native plant that supports native pollinators. If you have flowers in your garden, you probably have pollinators and a whole lot of other insects but if you want a plant that lets you …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/29/dotted-horsemint-attracts-more-than-pollinators/

    Leaf Spots Abound on Hydrangeas this Time of Year

    It is not uncommon to see leaf spots on your hydrangeas during late summer and fall. These spots are caused by a number of fungal diseases. Plant fungi and wet weather go hand-in-hand. Florida’s high humidity, heavy dews and frequent rains during spring and summer provide perfect conditions to allow fungal diseases to flourish. Bacterial …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/08/20/leaf-spots-abound-on-hydrangeas-this-time-of-year/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/07/03/heating-up-with-hardy-hibiscus/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/06/21/enter-your-garden-bounty-into-the-north-florida-fair/

    Invasive Species Workshop and Air Potato Challenge June 6th Panama City!

    June 6th is a great day to learn about all types of invasive species that threaten natural areas in Northwest Florida! The UF/IFAS Extension Bay County office will have multiple educational exhibits with living samples of species of concern from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 6th. This is a multi-agency effort to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/invasive-species-workshop-and-air-potato-challenge-june-6th-panama-city/

    Wild Azaleas

    There is something to be said for being a longtime resident. While it does limit ones outlook from a global perspective, it promotes focus on perfecting applicable traits which are close to home. The unique, and very pleasant, environment of north Florida is an excellent example of near perfection on a localized basis.  The weather …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/23/wild-azaleas/

    How to Succeed with Hydrangeas

    Generally, when folks find out what I do for a living, among the first questions asked is “What is your favorite plant?”  Being somewhat of a plant nerd, that can be a tough question to answer!  However, I usually circle back to the same answer, “Hydrangea”.   There are many reasons my fellow gardeners and I …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/05/04/how-to-succeed-with-hydrangeas/

    Showy Spring Flowering Viburnum luzoncium

    I’m hard pressed to tell you my favorite song, movie, or place to eat, but when we start talking plants I can come up with whole categories of favorites. I won’t commit to just one species, but when it comes to woody shrubs I am a huge fan of viburnums. We have small ones, tall …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/16/showy-spring-flowering-viburnum-luzoncium/

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