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). Included in this event are Pentas lanceolata, one of the most popular Florida Friendly perennials. It blooms continuously and is one of the best Butterfly attractors. The tall varieties should be pruned several times a year to shorten and strengthen their structure. Soil enriched with 50% organic matter (compost, leaf mold, cow manure, peat) supports beneficial bacteria and microbes that combat microscopic nematodes, a pest that can cause the eventual decline of Pentas. Pentas is adaptable to full sun and partial shade and repeating several groupings across the length of your garden alternating with another tough and colorful plant like Variegated Flax Lily adds harmony, texture and formal appeal to a design.
Pentas is a versatile ever blooming perennial that is useful as a combination component.
Mixed with Euphorbia Diamond Frost, another ever blooming perennial, Pentas makes an appealing arrangement or mass planting in a flower bed or border.
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 liked the Pot-in-Pot concept http://floridafriendlyplants.com/Blog/post/2009/03/03/Pot-in-Pot.aspx and benefits we described for garden planting try Container Gardens planted to be buried in the ground. Use this time-tested method:
- where you find it difficult to work in ground beds on your knees
- where you want to swap container gardens to have the best looking plants in place
- where you have difficulty digging because tree roots or rocks
- where tree or shrub roots will encroach into your rich organic flower beds
- where nematodes (microscopic root feeding worms) are a problem on certain plants
- where you need to save the cost of incorporating organic matter to build a rich flower bed
- where all you have is sand in your garden
- where all you have is coral rock in your garden
- where you need to save money on water by focusing the water in the container
- where you need to keep fertilizer contained and available for the plant with less leaching
- where you need the ability to rotate the best bloomers to the front of the bed
- where you need the ability to experiment with color in the design
- where you want to plant before the last frost free date and have the option to lift and protect it
- where you want to experiment with a plants suitability to your light levels
- where you might need to rotate the containers to face the sun when it comes from 1 direction
- where you can change your landscape in the dead of night while your neighbors sleep
Drop in a container of the same size and shape that nest together neatly.
Change of season....Change your mind...Change your planter
When its time for a little maintenence or weeding, lift the planter out of it's home in the ground, spray
some roundup on the weeds and let it dry. Replace your planter.
Why not a Pot-in-Pot in a Pot and then into a Pot buried in the ground? Presto chango!
Landmark legislation went through several face-lifts during this legislative session resulting in a huge win for the environment. The Florida-Friendly Landscape bill provides a critically needed and much overdue update of Florida law relating to landscapes.
Historically, Florida law has highlighted Xeriscapes. If signed by the Governor, the law will be updated to showcase the use of Florida-friendly landscapes (put the right plant in the right place). The bill also provides a missing link to Florida-friendly landscaping by recognizing not only the water conservation, but also the water quality, benefits which Florida-friendly landscapes provide.
The law explicitly adds a connection to the UF/IFAS Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Program for homeowners and builders. The bill references the UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (for which FNGLA helped establish and secure funding four years ago) and the educational resources it provides.
Finally, the bill strengthens protections for homeowners wishing to install Florida-friendly landscapes and clearly states local government ordinances cannot prohibit or be enforced to prohibit Florida-friendly landscaping. Special thanks goes to Sen. JD Alexander (R-Lake Wales) and Rep. Seth McKeel (R-Lakeland) for shepherding this victory through the Legislature.
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
George Washington Carver invented 108 ways to use the sweet potato. Sweet Potato Products
Plant Breeders today have found sweet potatoes can be very useful as sturdy landscape perennial color components. You can eat the ornamental varieties but once you taste them you will go back to the traditional and much more delectable garden varieties suitable for Florida. Maybe you want to have your cake and it eat too. Alternate your favorite color of ornamental sweet potato with edible varieties to create a pleasing and extensive ground cover to replace thirsty turf while enhancing the view in your landscape. Focus the water on the plants in rows using highly efficient drip irrigation and you will use a fraction of what it takes to maintain an equivalent lawn area. Mulch the entire area with free oak leaves from your neighbors that they leave at the curb or buy some Florida Friendly Melaluca or Eucalyptus mulch to keep the weeds down. If you interplant edible and ornamental types, as you harvest your edible tubers the ornamental vines will keep the view looking beautiful and quickly cover where the edible tubers vines are harvested. Her are some good reasons you might Eat the View.
Ornamental Sweet Potato tuber of Sweet Potato Vine 'Margarita'
Today, colorful hybrids are readily available in gallon containers and in 9 count Classic Selection trays at most Florida Home Depot stores.
Ornamental Sweet Potatoes are easy to plant and thrive in Florida.
They make an excellent spreading ground cover and make the color of the other plants in your garden stand out. Think of ways to use the prolific and easy to care for plants as complementary components in designing with color. They can also be used dependably as SPILLERS and FILLERS in container combinations.