Large, beautiful gallon annuals regularly $2.97 are on sale through Sunday at your Florida Home Depot for $1.67 while supplies last. See store for details and limits.
Vinca used to be one of the most popular bedding plants around. However, its popularity has suffered due to its susceptibility in the home garden and landscape to aerial Phytophthora. Realizing this weakness in the plant, Goldsmith Seeds set out on a twenty year breeding program to come up with a series of seed vinca that would be resistant to this devastating disease. The result of this effort was the introduction of Cora™ vinca, the only vinca series from seed with patented disease resistance to aerial Phytophthora. (NIRVANA vinca is a vegetative Phytophthora resistant variety, also bred by Goldsmith and with even larger blooms is available as a Premium Flowering plant)
This breeding breakthrough will benefit gardeners who have planted beautiful vinca plants only to see them perish in the garden during adverse weather conditions.
Benefits of Cora vinca include:
• Patented disease resistance to aerial Phytophthora
• F1 hybrid vigor
• A real heat lover that thrives under humid or dry conditions
• Large flowers
• A variety of beautiful colors are available
These are two of the top contenders for the tough and beautiful award. Nothing bothers Diamond Frost Euphorbia and it looks like Baby's Breath in an arrangement when grown under the most disease free rose ever developed for Florida conditions, the Knockout series. This combination works all over Florida. Give it a try and you might be pleasantly surprised.
Diamond Frost is the number one selling Proven Winner. It could be that it is so versatile or that it is so durable as a dependable Florida Friendly perennial and thrives with so little water and care. I think the reason it is number one is because it is the perfect FILLER in any container combination and just as useful as a filler in annual and perennial borders. Success guaranteed!
A new web site that has the information for making wise decisions has been published by Toro at http://www.dripirrigation.org/landscape.html
Drip irrigation tubes can focus the water to each plant. Using the Pot-in-Pot method you can focus less water directly into the pot with very little waste and optimize the performance of your plants.
Roses do particularly well with drip irrigation since they are less prone to disease if the foliage stays dry.
Drip irrigation in raised planter beds makes watering easy and efficient.
Our container production benefits from drip tape irrigation by keeping the foliage dry, saving water and fertilizer and allowing us to water all the plants only when they need it.
- Saturday, April 25, all day
- Hillsborough County Extension Office, 5339 County Road 579 in Seffner
Despite a few rain dances in the backyard, the drought continues to be a topic of concern.
Residents are invited to learn how to manage their lawns and landscaping at the next Florida-Friendly 101 gardening conference at the Hillsborough County Extension Office on April 25.
For a mere $30 registration fee, residents will hear the best and the latest from University of Florida specialists and local Hillsborough County Extension horticulturists:
- How plants deal with drought
- How to choose the most drought-tolerant plants
- Smart landscape and irrigation technologies
The conference also includes a “goodie” bag with resources to take home, lunch and refreshments.
Space is limited, so register early!
The detailed agenda and link to the online registration can be found on the Hillsborough County Extension website at:
Still have questions? Call the Extension Office at (813) 744-5519 or visit http://hillsborough.extension.ufl.edu
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Hillsborough County Extension Service offers the educational resources of the University of Florida to Hillsborough County residents. Programs include 4-H and youth development, agriculture, natural resources education, and the Master Gardener volunteer program. In addition, training and resources are available in the areas of parenting, food and nutrition, and money management.
Lynn Barber, Florida Yards & Neighborhoods Agent
The Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival is always a hit every spring as gardeners from around the world are amazed by the floral displays. Throughout the years the Florida Nursery Growers and Landscape Association members and Florida Master Gardeners have volunteered at demonstrations set up for Flower Festival visitors. Nearly 1 million Florida Gardeners visit the Festival each spring and learn how to beautify their home landscape using the latest environmentally friendly practices and products.
Volunteers greet interested folks who want to learn ways to cut down on waste and save water and energy using the methods and products on display in the demonstrations.
We had the most questions from homeowners in central Florida looking for alternatives the St. Augustine grass featured at the R. U. Wasteful residence along with other good Florida plants planted in the wrong place.
The display at the adjacent I.M. Green residence featured turf alternatives like Beach Sunflower and many plants that require low amounts of water to thrive in Florida. It also featured Empire Zoysia turf that can survive without irrigation after establishment.
Rainbird staffs a booth demonstrating the proper way to set up and use efficient irrigation systems with timers, nozzles, drip emitters and rain shutoff devices. There is still plenty of time to get to the Epcot International Flower & Garden Festival before it ends June 1.
Purslane - Portulaca oleracea are a favorite warm season tender perennial that are very popular throughout Florida. The new Pazazz series significantly upgrades the flower power. Find them now at most of your Florida Home Depots and you will have more flowers that stay open all day. Pazazz Purslane will make a great long lived 'SPILLER' item in combination planters for hot sunny spots. Pazazz Purslane is very forgiving so go on vacation and water it when you return and it will be just fine. Pazazz is available in the convenient Classic Selection 9 count trays and gallon containers in a variety of colors.
Pazazz is the first purslane that has flowers that stay open all day long and even open on cloudy days!
These patented hybrids were developed by a plant breeder in Israel for their extremely dry climate. Consider replacing some areas of thirsty turf with Pazazz.