Posted by: Mr. David Wolfe on 04/12/2017

FLORIDA- Perennial Plants

FLORIDA- Perennial Plants

Apart from being the nurturers of the planet, plants provide a fresh and lively environment to its surroundings. Places devoid of greenery can severely affect the very reason of our existence – oxygen. Additionally, in the case of house landscaping, plants and flowers play a vital role in giving a fresh touch to the terrain. Not only do the house plants revive up the moods of the kinsfolk, but, add bloom to the abode.

While central and northern parts of Florida is humid semitropical, the southern part of the state is known to be sultry. Also, there is a pretty small zone of Florida called Tropical Florida which experiences hot and humid weather with a rare chance of frost and freezes.

Moreover, the idea of plants which thrive all year long may seem infamous, but, gardeners can bask in the glory of bloom by just choosing the right kind of plant. Also, the time during which the plant is planted should be the time of its season. This will ensure their quick growth and healthy flourishing.

•  Cheddar Pink (Dianthus Gratianopolitanus): Deep pink flowers which lay above needle-like herbage, gives a pretty picture to the topography. To ensure proper bloom, it is to be planted in a well sunny area. The soil moisture should be well-drained to medium with soil texture of any kind. Its salt tolerance is low. Furthermore, its height matures to 1ft and spreads across 1ft-2ft. Known to be popular in the north and central Florida, they make a statement on the viewers for sure.

•  Lantana (Lantana Camara): Popular in south Florida, Lantanas salt tolerance is usually high with the requirement of well-drained soils. Spreading across 2ft-3ft with a height of 2ft-3ft, it provides a border look to your garden beds. It re-grows after frost and needs little care after its proper establishment. Its draught tolerance is high and supports wildlife, with, butterflies frequently visiting it for nectar-laden flowers.  

•  Purple Queen (Setcreasea Pallida): Full/Part sun and well-drained to medium soil moisture being essentials for this plant, Purple queen is well commonly known for covering grounds on dry and sunny sites. Recognized for its hardness, the Purple Queen is used in median sites with low water demand. The salt and draught tolerance is usually high. It elevates and outspreads up to 1ft-2ft. Famous for its pairing characteristic, the purple queen can be combined with any other flowering plant for a more beautiful view.

•  Persian Shield (Strobilanthes Dyerianus):  This delightful and striking silver and purple plant is one of the favorites amongst the gardeners for its unique purple foliage. Not only does it highlights the shaded and partially shaded garden areas, but, is a fun pick for various combinations with other plants and flowers. Requiring well-drained soil moisture with soil texture as sandy/loam, it grows 4ft in height in the landscape. Regular water is crucial to keep it from withering. You should prune it once in a while to ensure fuller and bushier shape.

•  Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys Lutea): An attraction for the humming birds, lollipop plant or golden shrimp plant is a sub tropical and soft-stemmed perennial plant. It matures to 3ft-5ft of height and extends to 3ft-4ft. Large scale plantation proves to be a magnificent and scenic sight. It can grow with full sun or with partial shade as well. The creamy white and yellow flowers above the canopy of deep green leaves makes it a popular choice for low maintenance display.

•  Plumbago (Plumbago Ariculata): Plumbago is loved by gardeners as it produces a nest of sky blue color flowers, which is rare in the world of flowers. With draught tolerance high, it needs full/partial sun for its full growth. Although you need not worry about fertilizing plumbago, it needs to be properly fertilized with general fertilizers, if grown in a container. It covers the structure is grows on and can be pruned whenever needed. The normal height and spread varies from 3ft-5ft.

•  Pentas (Pentas Lanceolate): One of the best butterfly and humming birds attractors, Pentas, develop a star like shape flowers in hues of white, red, lavender, purple and pink. Pentas can be grown on sandy/loam textured soil with well drainage. To combat microscopic pest control, the soil should be compost with cow manure, peat or leaf mold. It's draught tolerance is medium with height and spread of 2ft-3ft. Attributing to its tenderness, pentas should be planted once frost season is over.

Conclusively, there may be a number of perennial plants and flowers which can be grown to enhance the gardens, but, the only thing common amongst them is the plantation bed with proper spacing for future cultivation and with proper soil type and apt climate.


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