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Orange bird of paradise: a show stopper

Orange bird of paradise: a show stopper

Orange Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia reginae) is one of the most recognized tropical plants in our island plant palette. This plant is so closely associated with island life that the blooms are a favorite subject in tropical floral arrangements, fabrics and island style decor. The orange bird of ...

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In The Garden Closed for Renovations in July

In The Garden Closed for Renovations in July

In The Garden, Sanibel’s Retail Garden Center & Outdoor Showroom, will be closed for renovations for the month of July and will reopen on Wednesday, August 1. Summer is the time we refresh the garden center.  We will redo the gardens and plant display areas, update the interior of the garden ...

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Caladiums – My Summer Color

Caladiums – My Summer Color

Caladiums are one type of plant that do very well in hot, wet Florida. Planted as either tubers in spring or fully leafed out plants in summer, they are so easy to grow. The best part is once planted in the ground, they will come up year after year as soon as summer turns on

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Royal Poinciana – Queen of Summer

Royal Poinciana – Queen of Summer

Royal Poinciana (Delonix regia) lives up to its name which means regal, royal or magnificent – all perfect descriptive terms for the Royal Poinciana. We know it summer when we see this tree burst into bloom. This lovely tree is decorated in summer with large clusters of rich orange-red ...

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Sweet Almond Verbena: Smells so Sweet

Sweet Almond Verbena: Smells so Sweet

Only a small number of plants provide the long-blooming season of Aloysia virgata (Sweet Almond Verbena). Part of the Verbenaceae family it is also known as the Incense Bush. Given full sun, they bloom virtually year-round in Southwest Florida and provide a delightful fragrance that is sure to be a ...

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Vote Us “The Best”

Vote Us “The Best”

Please vote us BEST LANDSCAPE CONTRACTOR in The News-Press Best promotion. Please also support our island neighbors She Sells Sea Shells – Sanibel as Best Place to Buy Shells and Best Gift Shop and Sweet Melissa’s Cafe as Best Destination for Foodies. You can vote one time per day, per ...

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In the Garden: Miracle fruit

In the Garden: Miracle fruit

Miracle fruit (Synsepalum dulcificum) is truly a miraculous plant with the amazing ability to actually transform your taste buds! Originating in West Africa, the berries from this plant have been used for centuries in Africa to sweeten many of the sour foods that make up the majority of their diet. ...

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Starburst Clerodendrum – Bursting with Blooms!

Starburst Clerodendrum – Bursting with Blooms!

Starburst Clerodendrum (Clerodendrum quadriloculare) is a beautiful flowering ornamental shrub that brings vibrant flower clusters and colorful foliage to any garden. Clerodendrum includes over 450 species of evergreen or deciduous trees, shrubs and climbers that are suited to warmer climates and ...

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Powderpuffs in Paradise

Powderpuffs in Paradise

The Powderpuff tree (Calliandra haematocephala) is a small ornamental tree blooming with a variety of colors ranging from red, pink to white with striking brilliant powder puffs. The flowers appear on and off all year but tend to bloom more in the summer months. The hardy branches create an ...

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Southern Showstopper

Southern Showstopper

Confederate Jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides) is an intoxicatingly fragrant vine that causes me to take deep breathes to draw in the scent I associate with the heat of summer and lazy days on the porch. It is a quintessentially southern vine that grows rampant across any structure or surface ...

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