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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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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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European Fan Palm – Big design in a small palm

Multiple clumps curving as they rise with a fan-shaped leaf, in colors ranging from sage green to bluish green, give this palm an edgy, modern look. Chamaerops is a genus of dwarf fan palms that have ‘teeth’ on the long petioles or stems ending in the spikey fan-shaped leaves. It’s a small and elegant accent […]

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Clusia – A Tropical Classic

Clusia (Clusia Rosea) lends both an exotic and classy look to our Florida tropical landscape. The leaves are thick with a leathery texture, are rather large at 4-6” and teardrop-shaped. Clusia, once established, are both drought and salt tolerant making them a natural choice for our island environment. While this plant is low-maintenance and trouble-free, […]

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In The Garden Spirit Tree Benefits F.I.S.H. of SanCap

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 January 1-31 will benefit F.I.S.H. of SanCap. Canvas spirit tree tags can be purchased at the garden center gift shop […]

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R. S. Walsh Landscaping Donates Native Grasses to Improve Water Quality on Sanibel and Captiva

R. S. Walsh Landscaping and In The Garden have donated 600 native grasses to the City of Sanibel for installation in the Jordan Marsh Water Quality Treatment Park being established along Casa Ybel Road. These grasses will be planted along with other native and aquatic plants to help clean the water and improve the water […]

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Bougainvillea: Color galore

This spring was perhaps one of the best seasons for the vivid and plentiful color produced by the various bougainvillea cultivars in our local area. They do like it hot and dry and that is certainly what they got this year. Bougainvillea is a genus of thorny ornamental vines, bushes, and trees with flower-like spring […]

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Bahama cassia: Butterfly attractor

Bahama Cassia (Cassia chapmanii) also known as (Cassia Bahamanesis) is an excellent choice for a South Florida butterfly garden. With delicate green leaves and pretty buttercup yellow flowers it attracts many of the Florida sulfur butterfly species as both a nectar source, as well as an important larvae food source. This plant could also be […]

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