1. In this landscape, Perennial Peanut is used instead of turfgrass or mulched beds. The landscaped area is in the full sun and its proximity to the street makes mulch a bad candidate (it could wash away). Perennial Peanut was used because it is drought-tolerant (no irrigation required after establishment) and it produces attractive yellow flowers all summer. The peanut will only grow to a few inches tall so it will not need to be mowed. This is a low-maintenance alternative for a tough landscape location.
Perennial Peanut is used instead of a traditional lawn.
2. Here you can see that Beach Sunflower was planted in a median strip that you traditionally see planted with turfgrass. The median, surrounded by cement on all four sides, is hot and dry. There is no irrigation in this location. After it is established, Beach Sunflower will not need to be pruned, irrigated or mowed. It can be left alone to spread and flower. What a great choice for a landscape area that can be difficult to irrigate!
Beach Sunflower is used in a sunny, hot median.
Coontie cycad and ornamental grasses make this a no-mow, low maintenance area.
4. In areas where mulch might wash away, choose rock. This landscape uses rocks to eliminate problems that may occur if mulch is used.
Use rocks to cope with slope in an area where mulch would wash away.
A dense groundcover, such as this Juniper, will grow thick enough to eliminate the need for mulch.
If you are have a tough landscape situation look for tough plants and aim for low-maintenance. If you have questions about designing a tough situation contact the Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program™ or go to http://polkfyn.com for more landscaping tips.