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09 June . 2017

Florida Gardening Trends

 

Nothing frames a home better than a beautifully landscaped garden, and many of your FishHawk Ranch neighbors have quite the green thumb.

Gardening is a year-round hobby here in the Sunshine State and with summer just upon us, there’s plenty of planting and upkeep to be done. Whether you want a flowering garden, landscape foliage or to grow herbs to use in your kitchen, here’s a brief calendar of how to spend the next three months. Thanks to the University of Florida’s IFEAS for these ideas.

June: It’s time to start planting Florida Native annuals like butterfly weed and black eyed susans, which are also known as rudbeckia. It may be hot, but herbs such as basil, Mexican tarragon and rosemary can still be planted. And don’t forget to take care of the shrubs you already have. Now is the best time to prune flowering varieties such as hibiscus, oleander and crape myrtle so that their blooms will be bountiful throughout the summer.

July: Annuals like butterfly lily and gladiolus bulbs should be on you to-plant list. You can also try ornamental peppers. To make sure you have flowering azalea blooms in the spring, be sure to prune those trees before the end of this month.

August: It’s one of the hottest months of the years, but annuals like coleus and vinca (also known as periwinkle) love the steamy temperature, so consider implanting those varieties this month. It’s also time to put Aztec and spider lilies and walking iris blubs in the soil.

One plant species that is nearly season-less is bromeliads. Florida has 16 native species of this versatile garden workhorse. Bromeliads can be used indoors or outdoors, in containers or as landscape foliage. Most varieties love morning sun along with some daily shade and thrive in high humidity – which make them ideal for use in our part of Florida. What’s more, they don’t need a lot of care. Bromeliads can also provide a great pop of color in your garden, as some varieties flower, while others have pigmented leaves – both in an assortment of colors including red, fuchsia and blue.

Gardening is definitely a labor of love that anyone can enjoy. For more inspiration and ideas, be sure to check out our FishHawk Ranch Gardening page on Pinterest.