In this Issue:
  • How to Succeed with Hydrangeas
  • Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot
  • Unique Roses for Northwest Florida and Beyond
  • An Uphill Battle for the Leyland Cypress
  • Correcting Crape Murder
  • Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly
  • Surefire Shrubs for Containers
  • A Shrub that Likes it Shady
  • Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils
  • Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes
  • Shrubs

    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/

    Be Proactive to Ward Off Armillaria Root Rot

    Recently, an Extension Agent in the Florida Panhandle received a picture of some mushrooms popping up in a client’s garden.  These particular mushrooms were in a spot where leftover mushroom compost had been dumped.  The compost was previously used to grow oyster mushrooms and the client was hopeful that she had more oyster mushrooms growing in her …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/23/armillaria/

    Unique Roses for Northwest Florida and Beyond

    Home Gardeners, when they think of roses, their mind inevitably turns to the ‘Knockout’ rose and its offspring. That’s fine, there’s nothing wrong with ‘Knockout’ roses, it makes a great ornamental landscape plant, and it’s easy to propagate. With all the ‘Knockout’ mania, since the early 2000s, many garden roses, that are well adapted to …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/17/unique-roses-for-northwest-florida-and-beyond/

    An Uphill Battle for the Leyland Cypress

    Leyland cypress (Cupressocyparis leylandii) has been a very popular landscape tree in the U.S. for many decades. It has endearing characteristics, most notably its fast-growing nature and ability to make an appealing boundary around property. However, various diseases have created an overwhelming survival hurdle. Seiridium or Botryosphaeria cankers (also referred to as dieback) are fungal …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/04/09/an-uphill-battle-for-the-leyland-cypress/

    Correcting Crape Murder

    Are you guilty of “Crape Murder”, the dreaded horticultural sin that involves lopping off your beautiful Crape Myrtles fence post high and creating gnarly looking knuckles?  No need to raise hands, you know who you are!  Despite the cruelness of this act, all is not lost; there is still time to repent and change your …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2018/01/10/correcting-crape-murder/

    Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly

    Photo by Sydney Park Brown UF/IFAS Holly has been considered sacred in some cultures because it remained green and strong with brightly colored red berries no matter how harsh the winter, even when most other plants would wilt and die. According to Druid lore, hanging the plant in homes would bring good luck and protection. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/12/14/deck-the-halls-with-boughs-of-holly/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/08/11/surefire-shrubs-for-containers/

    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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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/04/24/a-shrub-that-likes-it-shady/

    Native Shrub Option for Sandy Soils

    We often talk about sandy, nutrient poor soil in Florida and how difficult it is for growing many favorite landscape plants. Gardeners may spend considerable time and money amending soils with organic matter to improve quality. The low maintenance approach is to embrace your sandy soil and consider plants that thrive in sandy, well-drained soil. …

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    Permanent link to this article: http://nwdistrict.ifas.ufl.edu/hort/2017/03/30/native-shrub-option-for-sandy-soils/

    Prevent Asparagus Fern Escapes

    As an extension agent, I’m always curious of what plants folks are using in the landscape. One plant I’ve been noticing more and more of in north Florida, both in containers and in landscape beds, is asparagus fern. Three different plant species go by the name asparagus fern – Sprenger’s fern (Asparagus aethiopicus), foxtail fern …

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