Backbone Plants for the White Garden

September 4, 2009 by Rick

Varigated Flax Lily

Variegated Flax Lily


Variegated Devils Backbone


Jewels of Opar

The White Garden is popular for many folks who want to enjoy their garden in the twilight and evening hours. This is especially needed in the shorter days of fall, winter and spring when the weather here in paradise is why we live in Florida and enjoy it so much .Variegated Flax Lily, Devils Backbone and Jewels of Opar are three of the most dependable Florida Friendly Plants you can use in your garden. They live from year to year with few pests. Use them with repetition in your design. Plant individual plants, clumps of the same white plant or drifts of the same if you have a large area. The white areas will glow in the twilight as you stroll from patch to patch when colorful flowers in between will not show up.



 White and Ivory Fountain Grass also add movement, height and bright flowers to the white garden.

Livingstone Daisy Mezoo Red works as a drought tolerant groundcover to give you the white garden effect.

White Pentas standout in the twilight in the White Garden and do double duty as perennial favorites in the Butterfly garden.


White flowering annuals like impatiens, begonias, petunias, vinca and others can be used for the same effect. If you spend most of your time enjoying your garden in the evening then white plants and flowers may be just the ticket.


Ray White Petunias. The best petunia for Florida. Read more here.



Cora White Vinca. Disease resistant variety that made growing Vinca in Florida possible again.

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One of Our Most Requested Stars Returns to the Stage

April 23, 2009 by Rick

Laurentia axilaris 'Beth's Blue' - Star Flower is back in stock or coming real soon to a Florida Home Depot near you. This species selection is amazing. Surprisingly, this selection lasts as a perennial in north and central Florida where it will be in many Home Depot stores in April and May so you have time to get it established before the summer heat makes it difficult for what is typically a plant that thrives north of Florida. The blue color and amount of delicate star shaped flowers make it a great addition to a sunny garden or as a stand alone container specimen. In a mixed container it is a real 'FILLER' and can overwhelm weaker growing companion plants. 3 pots planted around a strong 'THRILLER' like Variegated Flax Lily in a 24 inch container will make an impressive display.

Blue Star flower Laurentia




Firewitch hardy, low and loyal

March 20, 2009 by Rick

The bright pink flowers of the perennial Dianthus ‘Firewitch’ glow against its needle like-silvery foliage. A good place for this plant is in the front of flower beds. Mix in taller cool-colored blue petunias, violas or pansies for sturdy spring beauty in your design. This durable low grower is a plant of the year winner designated by the Perennial Plant Growers Association. Plant it in a sunny spot in your garden and it will thrive with one good watering per week once you get it well established. Try the Pot-in-Pot method and rotate it to the front of your mixed border when it is blooming heaviest. You can maintain Firewitch in the original soil and container for 2 years if you don't kill the microorganisms in the compost blend by using too much salt based fertilizer.