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These are just a few of our favorite plants that we have found to be very useful and successful in our SW Florida landscapes and gardens. We try to keep an ample supply of these at the nursery and new supplies of them arrive on a regular basis from our growers throughout the Florida.
Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow
The YTT plant derives its name from its tricolored flowers. The Brunsfelsia grandiflora is a very cold-hardy, winter blooming shrub attaining a height of 4 to 8 feet. It is a hardy plant, happy in full sun to light shade. The flower actually starts violet in color, fades to lavender and then to white, hence Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow. This is a very unique plant that provides winter color and a must for seasonal residents.
The Chinese Hat is a beautiful winter blooming vining plant. It is not aggressive and is extremely cold tolerant. Its vibrant colors resemble Bougainvillea without the thorns. Our favorite is red but cultivars of yellow and orange are available at the nursery. Combine it with a summer bloomer on an arbor to get year-round color.
Meiwa Kumquat Tree
Many of our customers have never tasted a Kumquat and are amazed at how delicious they can be. Meiwa Kumquats are evergreen and beautiful with bright orange, small round fruit. Meiwa’s provide fruit from November through May and are extremely cold tolerant. They have a compact shape growing to 15’ tall with a 5’ spread. It can make a great patio or container tree. Kumquats have a sweet peel and tart fruit and don’t need to be peeled.
This evergreen, medium to large tree is absolutely stunning. With a weeping appearance, this Podocarpus grows equally well in shade or full sun. Extremely cold-tolerant, we like to place it as a striking specimen to create interest and texture in the landscape. It has very slow growth, is easy to grow, and many comment that it has an oriental appearance.
The Dombeya Seminole or Florida Hydrangea as it is commonly called is a spectacular winter bloomer. It has clusters of hot pink flowers beginning in November into June. It is a large shrub that should be maintained at 6 to 8' in height and width. It is hardy, fast growing shrub that should be used as a specimen for visual enjoyment. It is relatively cold and drought tolerant and will be a winter favorite.
Giant False Agave
The Giant False Agave is a stunning succulent that can be used a smaller specimen or container plant. It grows slowly to 5' tall and has no spines to contend with. Its use can create a visual focal point to brighten any planting area. It is cold and drought tolerant and grows equally well in shade or sun.
Drift Rose is a wonderful small rose growing to 24" in height. It blooms most of the year with very little care and makes a great border plant with color. Several colors are available including white, peach, coral and red. It is extremely cold tolerant and can tolerate our hot and humid summers.
The Devil's Backbone is a beautiful succulent bringing interest and texture to the garden. It has variegated leaves and can grow in full shade to full sun. Use it as a container plant, in the lanai or anywhere that it can provide a contrast. It is cold tolerant and exceptionally drought tolerant
Florida Flame Vine
The Florida Flame Vine is one of the most stunning Florida vines blooming from mid-winter through Spring. Its brilliant, long, orange flowers beckon butterflies and curious neighbors. It has evergreen foliage, and is cold-hardy and drought tolerant. See our Florida Flame Vine in full bloom.
East Palatka Holly Tree
East Palatka Holly is a Florida Native holly, columnar in shape. Exceptionally cold and drought tolerant, it is a wonderful addition to a garden wishing to attract birds. It has bright red berries during the winter, with dark green leaves. It grows slowly to 20'+ and can be a great accent plant or used for privacy.
The Pindo Palm is an extremely cold tolerant, ornamental small palm tree. It has gorgeous silver-blue fronds with a graceful canopy growing slowly to 15' in height. It is a perfect specimen for an decorative island or to provide some privacy. It is able to withstand temperatures is the teens and requires little care.
The Loquat is a beautiful medium-sized shade tree with delicious edible fruit. This tree grows slowly to 25'+ with dark green leaves and fragrant flowers. The yellow late winter/spring fruit is delightful and a great bird attractant. The Loquat is extremely cold and drought tolerant and easy to grow.
Mexican Flame Vine
The Mexican Flame Vine is an evergreen, cold-tolerant vine with brilliant daisy-like flowers throughout the year. It is a hardy, easy to grow vine that can reach 10 feet or so. This is a great nectar plant for butterflies and a good choice to grow on a fence, arbor or trellis. It is very hardy and prefers full sun to partial shade.
Crape Myrtles are grown either as a standard tree (single-stem) or as a multi-stem large shrub. Deciduous in the winter months, Crape Myrtles have spectacular warm-weather flowers that are showy and prolific. Their bark is pretty and interesting with several different cultivars and colors to choose from. A dwarf variety is available. Our favorite is the new Basham which looks much like Lilac blooms. They attract bees and butterflies and belong in any garden for those of us fortunate to live here all year. Crape Myrtles are very cold-tolerant and prefer full sun.
Angel Mist Bamboo
Angel Mist is a beautiful, cold-hardy, clumping bamboo. This is a non-invasive bamboo and makes a stunning specimen with a vase-shaped form growing to 30’. It has pretty, light-blue 3” canes and can provide shade as well as privacy. Grows best in full sun to partial shade.