Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Vegetable garden to get you inspired for spring gardening

Spring is here and Central Florida gardeners are already planting, weeding and pruning.  It's a good time to plant your warm season vegetables and herbs.  A visit to Leu Gardens in Orlando is particularly inspiring for those planning and prepping dooryard edible gardens. The winter crops are still going strong, herbs are robust and full, and lettuces are growing nicely in containers.  They have started to plant warm season edibles as well.  Check our Vegetable Gardening Guide for planting times, Herbs in the Florida Garden for tips on growing herbs, and use the Landscape Design with Edibles guide to learn how to plant edibles right in your ornamental landscape beds.

Monday, March 7, 2016

Colorful plants for the shade

Shady areas of the garden tend to be dark and lack color.  Lighten up those dark corners of the yard by using plants with white or light yellow leaves.  These plants are easy-to-grow plants for Central Florida yards.

Variegated Asiatic Jasmine



Variegated Shell Ginger

Silver Saw Palmetto

Variegated Flax Lily


Variegated Bromeliads, Caladiums and Silver Saw Palmetto

Friday, March 4, 2016

Florida-Friendly Yard Featured in Lake Morton Home and Garden Tour This Weekend

If you are attending the Lake Morton Home and Garden Tour tomorrow, March 5, in Lakeland (buy tickets and get information here) make sure to visit the Florida-Friendly Landscape that is featured on the tour.  The garden features all of the nine principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping and so much more!  The homeowners have taken the time to create fun vignettes around each corner, accented the garden with yard art and added pops of color with containers overflowing with annual flowers.  You will find so many fun ideas in this garden and learn all about how you can incorporate Florida-Friendly Landscaping into your own yard.  If you visit the garden on the tour, let us know what you thought and what ideas you took home to your own yard.   

Simple steps to attract butterflies

Visitors can view educational signage throughout the garden
Florida-Friendly Landscape recognition sign

Micro-irrigation is featured throughout the garden

Colorful plant combinations

Ironwork and stone pathways

A pervious driveway allows rainwater to soak into the ground
A fun idea:  Wrap PVC pipe in rope for an attractive hose spigot

Signage featured throughout the garden

Florida-Friendly Landscaping Principle: Protect the Waterfront

This informative video from Seminole County shows how to care for a pond or lakefront. Enjoy!