Florida Friendly Busch Gardens

December 20, 2009 by Rick

In the past on a visit to Busch Gardens, celebrating 50 years of gardens, you would have seen ten thousand thirsty azaleas in magnificent displays of color. Most prominently in the spring but there were fall and winter blooming azaleas too. Flash forward to today and we have millions of residents and visitors competing for a limited amount of springtime dry season water in our coastal communities. The amazing gardeners and planners at Busch Gardens have transformed this theme park into a paradise of color using Florida Friendly Landscaping techniques and Florida Friendly Plants. Gone are the big brass rainbird sprinklers going clack-clack-clack as they sprayed millions of gallons of water into the air with only 50% hitting targeted thirsty azaleas. Today you see drip and micro irrigation. Well targeted sprays and extensive areas that rely on only rainfall. Annuals are used judiciously for color impact. Containers are planted and placed where they use less water and put on spectacular displays of color. Rain water is collected and reused. Busch Gardens recycles and follows the 9 principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping. Enjoy this slideshow and see if you can get any ideas to help you beautify your own garden with long lasting and efficient colorful plants.

 

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Florida Friendly Flowers

December 18, 2009 by Rick

Polk County Florida Yards and Neighborhoods slideshow. Plan to add some flowers to your Florida Friendly Landscape in 2010. See all their images at http://www.flickr.com/photos/polkfyn/

Links to Help from FYN and The Cooperative Extension Service.

 

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Annuals in North Carolina Can Be Florida Friendly Perennials

November 25, 2009 by Rick

A short video of the beautiful Terrace Garden at the Duke Botanical Gardens. You will see many of the plants that grow here year round are used in their garden as annuals. Some of them are very Florida Friendly. Lots of color combination ideas here. Mass plantings of butterfly attractors and ornamental grasses that add movement as they sway in the breeze.

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Classic Creations with Succulents

November 22, 2009 by Rick

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Here is another way to use Classic Creation succulent combos that are available at most Florida Home Depot stores.

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Plan and Plant Wildflower a Garden part 2

November 20, 2009 by Rick
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U of F Teaching Garden on Plant City Campus

November 14, 2009 by Rick
Experience a beautiful garden and learn what grows well in Florida and how to grow it. Open 7 days a week for you to wander in and enjoy the park like setting while observing some very diverse garden and plant types.
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SausEdge ...get the egde on your beds

November 9, 2009 by Rick

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SausEdge - get the edge on your beds...

November 8, 2009 by Rick

At most Florida Home Depot stores, SausEdge is a new way we developed to quickly and easily ...get an edge on your beds. The unique biodegradable paper covered tube of soil and roots holds together for guaranteed success. The tube dries out slower and breathes to maintain the proper water to air to root relationship for success. Bury the tube and mulch the bed for best success. Now is a great time to get a beautiful edge on your plant and flower beds to add the finished look to your yard. Try this new innovation and see just how easy and effective it is.

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  4 feet of Plant Edging per package – Half the Work and Half the Cost of Container Plants

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Cuban Gold Duranta - Very Popular - Easy to Grow Perennial – Ideal for Edging – Shear it to keep it the desired size. Reduce the amount of turf by adding SausEdge around all your beds and add continuity to your design by tying the bed together. Add color contrast and interest and give your home a major shot of curb appeal.

 

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It is so much easier than planting individual pots and you will be so much more successful if you use SausEdge.

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Dig a shallow trench or use your edger as a trencher. Cover SausEdge with soil and water daily until it is well established

SmallSausedge Multicolor Josephs Coat

Multicolor Joseph's Coat is durable and very Florida Friendly.

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Slice your SausEdge TM into individual plants to stretch your dollars even further.

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Beautiful Water-Wise Garden

October 29, 2009 by Rick

Pamela Crawford's Water-Wise Garden in Georgia is going to be featured in a spring issue of Southern Living.

Pamela wrote several Florida books while living in south Florida. Here is a link to her special containers, videos, books and designs.

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Ornamental Grass - Putting on a Show

October 25, 2009 by Rick

Muhly Grass is a Florida Friendly native grass that is a spectacular fall bloomer.

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This grass is widely adaptable to wet and dry areas throughout Florida

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Look for them now in most Florida Home Depot stores.

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Red Fountain Grass is the most popular ornamental grass. Use ornamental grass as a substitute for thirsty turf areas where you don't want to irrigate as much.

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Ornamental Grass adds accent structure and height to a garden.

Fountain Grasses work well in containers. Be sure you cut back the old foliage and flowers in February to 4 inches above the soil line so all new foliage and flowers resprout to repeat the spectacular show again each year.

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Movement is another design element that adds interest and is most easily attained with ornamental grasses sited to sway in the breeze.

 

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