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In The Garden – Papaya Tree

Spring is the time for this luscious fruit. The papaya tree is an exotic fruiting specimen that grows best in USDA zones 9 and 10. Native to Central America, this tropical plant thrives in subtropical areas of the Caribbean and throughout South Florida. This plant belongs to the Caricacae family that includes 27 to 30 […]

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In The Garden Spirit Tree Benefits The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Education Foundation

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 April 1-30 benefit The Bailey-Matthews National Shell Museum and Education Foundation. Canvas spirit tree tags can be purchased at the […]

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Dahoon Holly

The native Dahoon Holly (Ilex Cassine) is a versatile, small shade tree that can be utilized in various locations in your island landscape.  The Dahoon Holly is a great bird attractor and it produces a bright red display of berries in the fall and winter.  These berries are desired by Mockingbirds, Robins, Waxwings and many […]

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Lily of the Nile

The agapathus africanus, commonly called Lily of the Nile is native to South Africa. The name agapanthus is derived from the Greek word agape, meaning love, and anothos meaning flower. The ‘Flower of Love’ is exemplified in its use in tropical landscapes throughout the world, and most importantly southwest Florida. The Lily of the Nile […]

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Our native sunflower loves the beach

Southern Florida is bringing the sun to you with this native bloomer, the dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis), which owns a bright flare of yellow, and spreads like a wild fire! But don’t be alarmed, this flowering sprout of the sand dunes can be the perfect complement to your seaside landscape. The dune sunflower is a […]

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Cycad: the ancient plant

Cycadophyta, “cycads”, are an ancient group of tropical and subtropical plants dating back more than 200 million years ago, from the time of the dinosaur age. While they dominated the landscape then, they are now becoming endangered. Often mistaken for palms, cycads are gymnosperms (naked seeded), meaning their unfertilized seeds are open to the air […]

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Show your colors with cordylines

Cordyline fruticose, a native to Southeast Asia, is often referred to as a ti plant or Hawaiian ti. Because the growing conditions are favorable in Hawaii for growing these plants, many of the varieties of cordylines are grown commercially there, even though the plant is not native to Hawaii. These plants grow well in zones […]

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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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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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