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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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Mexican flame vine – ole!

The Mexican flame vine (Senecio confuses) is a prolific bloomer and quite the rambler. This plant is a Central American native from Mexico to Honduras, so of course it loves the hot climate of Southwest Florida. With lovely dark green foliage it climbs, winds and rambles over any fence, trellis, arbor or anything else it […]

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Beauty queen of the butterfly garden

With such an intriguing name, the golden dewdrop (Duranta erecta) sounds magical, and its beauty is a tell-tale sign for that. If given proper love and attention, the Florida shrub can bring a touch of elegance anywhere its planted. Violet blooms and golden berries encompass this wild plant, often appearing at the same time to […]

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Dwarf Clusia

Most everyone is familiar with the Clusia that is commonly used as a hedge or buffer. It is easily recognized by its dense semi-succulent pear-shaped leaves which has made it a desirable choice in many landscape applications. However, most people are not as familiar with the Dwarf Clusia ‘Nana’ (Clusia rosea ‘Nana’) which is best […]

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Seabreeze Bamboo

Seabreeze Bamboo (Bambusa Malingensis) is an excellent choice to create a natural living green privacy screen in your garden. A non-invasive, clumping bamboo, it does not produce runners that spread across the garden. Seabreeze is a salt tolerant variety, it grows to about 35’ high and will stand cold down to the 20’s. This variety […]

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Queen’s Wreath Vine – Regal Beauty

The Queen’s Wreath Vine (Petrea volubilis) plants native to Cuba and Central Americas and is well known for its profuse purple blooms between February and June. We typically use it as an ornamental accent vine in our gardens that will grow up onto Palm trees, gates, walls and arbors to give additional visual interest. The […]

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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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