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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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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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In The Garden Spirit Tree Benefits The Captiva Island Historical Society

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 March 1 – 31 benefit The Captiva Island Historical Society. Canvas spirit tree tags can be purchased at the garden […]

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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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