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Month: January 2019

Buttonwood: The tree by the sea

Buttonwood is a favorite native grown as a multi-trunk shrub or in standard tree form and comes in both a green variety (Conocarpus erectus) or a silver variety ( Conocarpus erectus var. sericeus). Sometimes referred to as ‘button mangrove’, this plant is often found growing just inland of the white mangroves, along many island beaches. […]

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In The Garden Spirit Tree Benefits Sanibel Historical Museum and Village

In The Garden – Sanibel’s Retail Garden Center and Outdoor Showroom has planted a spirit tree that benefits local non-profits.   The Olive tree was chosen because it represents love and charity.    Spirit tree donations from February 1-28 benefit The Sanibel Historical Museum and Village Canvas spirit tree tags can be purchased at the garden center […]

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Variegated ginger – add color to shady areas

The variegated ginger is a beautifully striped plant with green and yellow foliage that many homeowners and gardeners utilize as part of their landscape design. The flowers are pearly white with a touch of pink that blooms in the late spring or summer. The flowers are slightly fragrant but when the leaves are bruised or […]

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In The Garden Classes

In The Garden – Sanibel’s Retail Garden Center and Outdoor Showroom announces upcoming gardening classes.   All classes are on Wednesdays at 10:00 a.m.  Reservations are required and space is limited.  Call (239) 395-5859. February 6 – Butterfly and Pollinator Gardens.  Learn how you can create areas and pockets in your landscape to attract butterflies and […]

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R.S. Walsh Landscaping Announces Winner of January Photo Contest

The winner of R.S. Walsh Landscaping’s January photo contest is Brendan Miller. The theme of the contest was “Birds on the Beach.” Submitted photos were posted on R.S. Walsh’s In The Garden Facebook and Instagram pages and at the company’s Sanibel garden center.  Visitors to the Facebook and Instagram pages and the garden center were […]

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Ixora: a quintessential plant of Southwest Florida

Ixora ‘Nora Grant’ (xora coccinia) pronounced “icks-SORE-ah” is perhaps one of the most quintessential plants of Southwest Florida presenting its colorful hot-pink flowers, which bloom off and on all year long. These evergreen shrubs require minimal care and thrive in full sun or light shade, which make them suitable for many varying types of gardens. […]

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In the Garden: The bottle palm

Aptly named for its uniquely shaped trunk, the bottle palm (Hyophorbe lagenicaulis) is relatively small but beautiful accent palm for any tropical garden. Typically ranging in height from 5 to 7 feet overall (10 foot maximum height), this palm adds a striking statement to your landscape with its graceful fronds, swollen trunk, and reddish colored […]

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Bay cedar: the salty native

Bay cedar (Suriana maritima) is one of our most salt tolerant shrubs. It tolerates salt breezes and even some salt water flooding during storms. It likes moist, well drained soil, but is very drought tolerant at the same time. You will find the bay cedar along coastlines from the Florida Keys up to the salt […]

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