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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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R.S. Walsh Chosen for ‘Make Rachel Elegant Again’ restoration project

The Edison Park Neighborhood Association has adopted the Rachel at the Well landmark at 2404 McGregor Blvd. as part of the city of Fort Myers “Adopt- A-Median Program.” The association is seeking donations to have the landscaping professionally designed as a phase two enhancement to the city’s 2017 restoration work. The landmark is often referred […]

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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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Carissa: the green armored buffer

Carissa (Carissa macrocarpa) is native to South Africa, but they are a long time favorite of our area and you will find them planted along the eastern coastline of Florida and a couple places along the western coast of Southwest Florida. One of the large varieties that grows well in South Florida is the natal […]

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Adonidia Palm – Easy and Elegant

Adonidia Palm (Veitchia merrillii) is an ideal palm for a small entry or to put in a container on a pool deck or patio. This palm only grows to between 12 – 15 feet in height which is rather small for palm trees. The Adonidia looks like a miniature royal palm with its gray trunk […]

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Jatropha – Little Red Beauty

Jatropha integerrima is a welcome addition for a sunny spot in any size South Florida landscape. Jatropha is a genus of flowering plants in the Euphorbiaceae family. Butterflies love this plant, which can be both a flowering shrub or grown as a standard or tree form. Jatropha has dark green leaves and regular splashes of […]

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