The WOW price on perennials in the green Florida Friendly Plants containers continues until Memorial Day, Monday May 25 while supplies last. Tell a friend. Click the Pass it on Florida link at the top of the page. (See store for limits and details). Mexican Petunia 'Purple Showers' - Ruellia brittoniana 'Purple Showers' (AKA R. twedia) is one of the toughest, showiest and most widely used Florida Friendly perennials. This cultivar does not produce seed and was found to be sterile by University of Florida research published in 2002 that was sponsored by the Department of Environmental Protection. This is important because the non sterile wild Mexican type has exploded in Florida wetlands over the last century and they are impossible to eradicate. The wild type is listed as a category 1 invasive species by the Florida Exotic Pest Plant Council. Wading birds continue to spread the seeds far and wide making them a dominate species in many of our wetland areas. Purple Showers is a wonderful sterile Florida Friendly Plant. Your garden will have no impact on the wetlands using sterile Purple Showers which is an excellent choice as it grows well just about anywhere with little or no extra water or fertilizer thus reducing your environmental impact further. No wonder it is becoming one of the most popular perennials in the south.
Disney uses Mexican Petunia 'Purple Showers' extensively for it's year round color and durability in a very wide range of water and light conditions. Here it is growing as a permanent planting in the beautiful floral display beds in the Canada attraction at EPCOT. Mexican Petunia 'Purple Showers' grows in ponds or in dry sandy soils and even tolerates coastal Florida salt air well.
The WOW price on perennials in the green Florida Friendly Plants containers continues until Memorial Day, Monday May 25 while supplies last. Tell a friend. Click the Pass it on Florida link at the top of the page.(See store for limits and details). Among the top performing and top selling Florida Friendly Plants on sale today is Persian Shield - Strobilanthus dyerianus, a striking silver and purple plant, grows 4 feet tall and wide in the landscape. It highlights the shaded/partially shaded garden and is a great contrast to green foliage as well as bright colors in the perennial border. Prune the tips once or twice between May and August to make the plant sturdier and bushier. Protect it from frost and severe freeze and salt air. Use Persian Shield as a 'THRILLER' in combination with shade tolerant plants like Jewels of Opar, Red Flame Ivy, Impatiens and Begonias.
If you can select fresh cut Chrysanthemums, Alstromeria, Carnations and Statice that are not fully open when you buy them they will all last more than a week. Complementary colors make this arrangement pop. You can make a mixed bouquet look better if you add another bunch of your favorite flower to the mix.
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.
Sedum hybrid 'Florida Friendly Gold' TM is a great new plant from a European strain introduced in 2005 that has proven to be tough as nails in Florida. It takes the South Florida heat and humidity and is not bothered by cold we get in North Florida. Florida Friendly Gold stays 3 inches above the soil and spreads and stays full and lush throughout the year. It grows great in full sun and also performs well in a surprising low amount of filtered sun or partial shade and still holds that great chartreuse-gold color. Available in Classic Selection 9 count trays at many Florida Home Depot garden centers for use as a well behaved edge plant in the front of the flower bed or border. We recommend using it in containers as a 'SPILLER' for a perennial that lasts through many seasons if not years of sturdy performance.
This introduction is being picked up so fast by gardeners that I think it will be one of the most widely used new plants over the next 10 years or until something else chartreuse comes along that is easier to grow, drought tolerant, grows in all Florida zones and has the ability to replace areas of thirsty turf.
If you are considering replacing large areas of turf that you are unable to water with the current water restrictions you may also want to add other colorful drought tolerant turf replacements that add a contrasting color to your design like Purple Queen. It is time for all of us to come up with water conserving strategies for our landscapes.
Purple Queen adapts to hot sunny areas and requires little more than rainfall to keep it looking good as a turf substitute.
Sedum hybrid 'Florida Friendly Gold' TM is starting to bloom right now and the yellow flowers add color and attract butterflies to your spring garden for about a month.
A perfect combination SPILLER that is carefree and drought tolerant that blloms in Springtime.
Sedum Florida Friendly Gold makes a great topper for container plants like citrus, roses, hibiscus or potted palms that will be thriving in direct sunlight.