Florida Friendly Succulent Combinations

January 27, 2013 by Rickb

Succulent Combination Bowls & Container Gardens for your Patio

Ready made bowls are available at your Florida Home Depot Garden Center

16 assorted succulents as Classic Collections at a very low price are also available there.

2 sizes of bowls that can be used indoors as table decorations and then grown on a patio.

Very low water use means you can go on vacation and let the rain do your watering.

Different assortments feature the best of a very diverse group of plants.

Pastel shades are sure to work in any setting.

Balanced containers that excite the viewer.

Unique forms and colors add interest and change as they grow and produce offsets.

Pubescent forms.

Blacks and browns.

Silvers and whites.

Echeverias of all sorts remind me of flowers with their rosette form.

Blooms of yellow, red, white, and pink.

Puckered and pretty.

Shades of Grey and other sexy colors and attributes.

As elegant as Echeveria elegans.

Echeveria and Graptoveria grow bloom and produce offsets that are easy to share and

root quickly when removed from the mother plant.

Classic Creations, Classic Collections and Succulent Bowls

Ready made bowls are available at your Florida Home Depot Garden Center


Classic Living Walls ®

September 11, 2011 by Rickb

Many Florida Home Depot Garden Centers will be carrying these Vertical Gardening planters.

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At $14.98 you will find these are a value that will get you hooked on adding green to your outdoor gallery. Beautiful and versatile Succulents are the perfect low water use, easy care plants to make this investment a success.

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Each tray has 2 built in legs with holes for hanging the Classic Living Walls ®

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3.5 inch deck screws give you more than enough length for easy hanging and rehanging for times you want to take them down to water, fertilize or rearrange.

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It’s nice to have a drill and the right drive head for the screws you use.

At The Home Depot you will see the Classic Living Walls® displayed in picture frames with simple turn tabs to hold them in place. Check back for a diagram and parts list for making these or something similar for yourself.

Vertical Gardening is touted as the next Mega-trend in gardening by those who tout such things.

Patrick Blanc has led the way with his installations around the world and images and he has inspired lots of folks to Garden Up.

Got some hang-ups? Or do you need some ideas? Check out what Delphine has found to help you get ideas to cover your walls.


Southern Coastal Home Landscape

May 17, 2011 by Rickb

We recently visited Stephen and Kristin Patagas, Landscape Architect and Designers home.

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Together they call their design company Hortus Oasis. Visit their website for a look at their extensive body of work.

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They have a new book, Southern Coastal Home Landscaping, you should check out if you have a home in Florida and enjoy your outdoor spaces and rooms. It is filled with great ideas and technique. The Table of Contents hints at what you will find but only hints as the images and illustrations and the clarity and depth of the ideas are a culmination of their life's work together making great outdoor spaces.

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The Patagus landscape features primarily drought tolerant plants in unirrigated areas and no lawn.

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Long time friend, Randy Knight joined us for the tour. Randy is the Director of Horticulture at The beautiful Polasek Sculpture Gardens and Museum in Winter Park that we will feature in an upcoming post.

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Low maintenance, drought tolerant containers were used to feature their collection of containers and artifacts from Bali, the place where they have drawn much of their inspiration for their design.

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The back yard is filled with raised beds of vegetables, a grape arbor featuring the Southern Home variety and butterfly garden plants.

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That’s the neighbors lawn you see in the backdrop of this turf free property.

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A look inside shows a designers talent and taste for collectables from around the world.

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They are very fond of using Succulents and Bulbine for low maintenance, long lived and drought tolerance.


Going for the Gold with Sedums

February 27, 2011 by Rick

Three chartreuse sedums you will find at these Home Depot Garden Centers this spring will offer you new choices to cover the ground and feature plants, garden ornaments and collectibles. The chartreuse color of these hardy succulents contrasts with many of the colors of the flowers, foliage and objects you have in the garden.

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Sedum Florida Friendly Gold is quickly becoming one of the most popular perennials for it’s striking color and wide range of use possibilities in the full sun and even in a setting where you get shifting or filtered shade all day.

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Sedum Florida Friendly Gold is also available in convenient 9 pack trays.

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Use them as a unifying ground cover in front of the garden border or along your home or garden fence border where you feature other showy plants. You can also use it to Shrink the Size of Your Lawn.

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Sedums and succulents are great combination planter components that can thrive on neglect.

 

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Sedum Fine Leaf Gold is a beautiful container plant that spreads and fills to make a solid carpet with an appealing texture.

 

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Sedum Ogon as a container plant that fills, contrasts and cascades in your containers. Extremely easy to grow and share.

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Durability and low maintenance are another reason to weave these low growers into your garden.

These sedums work well as pot toppers and SPILLERS in your container gardens.

 

 

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Florida Friendly Demonstration Gardens - The Discovery Garden

February 19, 2011 by Rick

This week I visited The Discovery Garden at the Hillsborough County Extension Office

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as the Master Gardeners did a spring cleanup and planting.

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It should be ready for prime time Monday but call before you go or check the status on their web site.

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They decided to employ the Pot-in-Pot method for their most colorful plantings of seasonal flowers.

In the Pot-in-Pot containers they have selected Voltage Yellow Osteospermum which is the first truly Florida Friendly Osteospermum. Voltage Yellow is available most of the year at your local Florida Home Depot Garden Centers. As a permanent border they planted Sedum Florida Friendly Gold which is becoming one of the most popular chartreuse groundcovers and combination container plants.

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At the Discovery Garden you can see the 9 principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping in action and learn how they can help you design and maintain a home garden and landscape that is easy to maintain, beautiful and has a positive effect on the Florida environment.

There are many of these similar U of F Demonstration Gardens around the state and much of the funding comes from Florida Yards and Neighborhoods programs and the plants are usually all donated from growers like Riverview Flower Farm.

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Rocky was captured that morning at the Discovery Garden and is ready for transplanting elsewhere.

 

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The Outdoor Room and a Patrick Blanc Inspired Design

January 30, 2011 by Rick

The Outdoor Room is one of the best shows on Television for garden design inspiration and the producers have scripted it with just enough drama and conflict in each episode to make it very entertaining. The episode, French Garden, is inspired by Patrick Blanc who invented the Vertical Garden concept. Vertical Garden images and Patrick Blanc images on Google will give you some ideas and possibly inspiration to think of how they might accent you home or garden spaces. I recently attended the Tropical Plant Industry Exhibition in Ft Lauderdale and found quite a selection of Living Wall options available. Here is a YouTube on How to make a Patrick Blanc style living wall and another YouTube from an Australian firm.

 

 

We have plans in the works for an affordable option for your patio or garden room. Keep up with us here and on Facebook for the details.

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Design Your Florida Garden for Success

January 7, 2011 by Rick

 

Head over to Florida-Friendly Landscaping before you start your planning process. Use the web to gather images and data and to decide what appeals to you and what is easy to maintain. Determine what will thrive and grow into a planned mature landscape that is in scale with your home.

 

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The University of Florida’s Extension Service and their science based research are the source of the 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping. It is helpful to us them and their trusted information and resources.

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The Water Management Districts of Florida provide most of the information you need to plan and implement a successful design. Micro Irrigation is something to consider and it will ensure success when properly installed, operated and maintained. Fortunately that is simple and straightforward.

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Search the web for more videos, blogs, Facebook pages for ideas and design help like this.

Learn the principles garden design and combine them with the 9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping

Try to get a big picture and then select plants and systems that are Florida Friendly.

Garden Coaches can also be a huge help and inspiration. They can save you many more dollars than you will spend on the trial and error method. You can also go to your Garden Center and get inspiration and prices so you have an idea of what is in season and popular for gardens now.

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Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Plant Selection Guide

December 11, 2010 by Rick

Hot off the press, the new Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Plant Selection Guide.

You will be very impressed with this downloadable publication that shows you in great detail how to design and implement a Florida Friendly Landscape. The experts at the University of Florida Extension Service have combined their talents and years of experience. The links are missing to the numbered EDIS publications for the critical proper planting of trees, turf and landscape plants so you will have to do some further searching on the Home Lawn and Landscape Section of the extensive EDIS Site to complete the implementation of your plan.

I consider this knowledge essential to professionals you may hire and a valuable resource for you to check the credibility of a contractor’s knowledge. Too often folks tend to trust a ‘yardman’ to select and properly install the Right Plant in the Right Place only to later find that the selection was inappropriate.

Bookmark these references and turn your garden into a functional Florida Friendly Landscape. Here are the 9 Principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping.

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A Florida Garden Treasure - Casa Phippsberger

November 20, 2010 by Rick

 

Casa Phippsberger is a private Palm Beach garden and part of the legacy of the Phipps family that once owned much of Palm Beach and West Palm Beach including 25 miles of South Florida ocean front property in the early 1900’s.

Horticulturist Karl Gercens shares many images from around the world on Flickr and these images are a real treat and give us a look inside a tropical paradise garden. Bullis Bromeliads offerings will give you a sense of what you might use to create a bit of Phippsberger in your own landscape.

 

 

Robert Bornstein writes for the Examiner in Miami and has a series on Secret Gardens in Miami that makes you wish you could go on a garden tour with him some day.

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Leu Gardens, Always a Spectacle

October 29, 2010 by Rick

Harry P. Leu Gardens is owned by and located near the Downtown area of Orlando. This Florida treasure is worth supporting and maintaining. Quite a few Floridians have either been married at Leu Gardens or attended weddings there is this serene and beautiful setting. Check their schedule as they are booked up to a year in advance for weekend weddings.

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Google images show lots of wedding activity along with beautiful vistas and flowers.

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See hundreds of amazing Images of Leu Gardens on flickr.

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Take a camera and make some design notes. Most of the plants are labeled. They have home, butterfly garden and garden and vegetable demonstration gardens set and have much information to share and take with you. Look for new plants I recently left for the garden, Salvia Wendy’s Wish, an amazing hummingbird magnet that blooms year round with lipstick colored flowers.

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