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The Fishtail Palm is Perfect for Island Living

The fishtail palm (Caryota mitis) is originally from Southeast Asia and does well in our warm climate and it will even withstand some of the cold snaps that occur in Southwest Florida. It’s an easy-care palm, versatile and pretty popular in tropical landscapes either as a specimen or to create a privacy hedge. The palm […]

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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 you will allow it on. With its […]

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Canna Lily is a Wonderful Addition to Any Garden

An herbaceous perennial with showy flowers and foliage, the Canna Lily (Canna x gerneralis) is a perennial rhizomatous plant that, ultimately, makes for a wonderful addition to any garden. Cannas are relatively easy to care for. They like it hot and sunny and they like to stay moist, so typical watering for any flowerbed is […]

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Tickseed – Small Wildflower, Big Impact

Tickseed (Coreopsis leavenworthii) is native Florida wildflower found in nearly every county in the State of Florida.  In South Florida this cultivar of Tickseed blooms year round with spring being its peak flowering season.  Tickseed has showy, yellow petals with a brownish center and the little flowers are about ½” to just over 1” in […]

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Spartina – Seaside Grass

Smooth Cordgrass (Spartina alterniflora) commonly referred to as Spartina grass or seaside grass, is a perennial deciduous grass found in intertidal wetland and estuarine salt marshes. It is fine textured with wiry leaves that form a fountain spray pattern. The surface of this grass is dark green with the lower surfaces light green in color. […]

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Purple Passion Flower Vine

Purple Passion Flower Vine (Passiflora incarnata). This perennial flowering vine is native to Florida and is one of the most complex and intricate flowers among the flowering vines. This vine is very easy to grow, can tolerate dry conditions and loves full sun. Its bloom time is during the warmest months from late Spring through […]

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Spider Lily (Hymenocallis latifolia)

The American Spider Lily is a Florida native as well as a native of the West Indies. It is popular for its foliage and ‘spidery’ snow white flowers. This perennial species forms clumps of flowers that range from 2 to 3 feet in height. The spider lily grows from a single bulb and readily re-seeds […]

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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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Bananas

What could be more tropical than growing your own bananas? In our sub-tropical paradise, growing this luscious fruit is generally easy. There are two species of banana, Musa acuminata and Musa balbisiana, and most banana cultivars are hybrids of these species. The many cultivars produce fruit in a wide array of taste, size and quality. […]

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Staghorn Fern – Vegetated Art

The Staghorn Fern is a tropical plant native to the Philippines, Southeast Asia, Indonesia, Australia, Madagascar, Africa, and America.   Mainly known for their growth in northern Florida they can also thrive in Southwest Florida, with the most common type for our area being the (Platycerium superbum).   Known for their artistic look with their two distinctive […]

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