Right Plant -Right Place
Florida-friendly plants need little care if you put them in the right spot.
Sunny and dry – Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) will produce beautiful flowers with little-to-no care and there are hundreds of cultivars to choose from. Years ago nurseries carried dozens of varieties. There was a hibiscus show at the Melbourne auditorium twice a year and Harry and Linda Goode were deeply into breeding and showing them.
Sun/mixed shade and dry – Pink muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris) is a low-key beauty that turns bright pink in the fall.
Soggy spots - Florida canna (Canna x generalis) likes wet feet and has beautiful yellow, orange, pink or red blooms.
Shade – Cast iron plant (Aspidistra elatior) with large deep green leaves lives up to its name. It needs very little water, and grows in a variety of soils.
Anywhere - Beach sunflower (Helianthus debilis) is a low-maintenance salt-tolerant ground cover that never stops blooming. It tolerates our sandy alkaline soil, needs little water, never needs fertilizer, and attracts butterflies.
Coleus – Plant of the Month In the past coleus varieties were shade plants, unable to tolerate Florida’s brutal summers. Today there are many hardy, sun-tolerant cultivars that you can use like colorful crayons to brighten your landscape from spring to late fall and into our mild winter season. Remember however, that they won’t so well with full sun all day. they need frequent watering particularly on windy days. Make sure to introduce nursery-raised coleus gradually to your sunny garden.
Sun Tolerant Coleus. Coleus have historically been considered shade plants, and most benefit from protection from mid-day sun. The coleus in this category are the best at tolerating full sun. Make sure to harden-off your coleus and acclimate them to full sun conditions before planting.