FLORIDA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

Below you will find our growing collection of Florida-specific articles. Enjoy!

UNDER THE CANOPY

Gardening under your trees Story by Theresa Badurek I am a true Floridian and I often seek out shady spots for relief from the sun. I will even park my car far from an entrance if there is a shady place beneath a tree: Shade before convenience. But shade can be less than convenient in …

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HYSSOP

Story by Kenny Coogan kennycoogan.com Hyssop can be grown in containers, along perennial borders, or trimmed to form a low hedge in sunny gardens or along walkways. Author Henry Beston of Herbs and the Earth (1935) says, “The garden has no more quietly dependable and satisfactory border plant.” Hyssop’s showy purplish blue, pink, or white flowers …

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JUDY AND BART LIPOFSKY

Right place, right landscape Story and Photo by Diana Sageser When Judy and Bart Lipofsky built their Brevard County home in 1986, the 1-acre plot was covered in pines and palmettos. A berm, created in the 1950s to allow canal water to be channeled in the direction of either the St. John or Indian rivers …

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A NEVER-ENDING NATIVE GARDEN

One Tampa gardener’s quest to grow and educate Story and Photos by Kenny Coogan kennycoogan.com “It’s funny, I spend some time out here doing things that I need to do,” Virginia Overstreet says in her Georgia accent, “then I’ll come out here with no to-do list and before I know it, I’ll spend three hours …

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MAKING THE CUT

Any Florida garden can become a cutting garden Story and Photos by Tom Hewitt I love having fresh flowers in the house, especially when they come from my own garden. Because of space limitations, my butterfly garden must double as my cutting garden. But in a perfect world, I would have a Martha Stewart-like garden …

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A MASTERPIECE OF A PLANT

‘Picasso’s Paintbrush’ croton Story and Photos by Kenny Coogan kennycoogan.com ‘Picasso’s Paintbrush’ croton is a slow-growing plant that is relatively new on the scene. It was a huge focal point at a recent plant show I attended, with many people walking out the gate with them. Small 4-inch plants were selling for around $10, while …

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PALMS IN PARADISE

A look at Florida’s native palms Story by Theresa Badurek When you think of Florida, you may picture palm trees swaying in an orange-blossom scented breeze. Tropical romantic scenes painted by savvy real estate investors lured many a dreamer (and quite a few cold Michiganders) to Florida’s shores. But how realistic is that picture when …

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THE KING OF TEXTURE

West Palm Beach landscape designer Todd MacLean knows a thing or two about adding texture to a garden Story and Photos by Tom Hewitt Lush vegetation surrounds the Spanish bungalow he shares with real estate agent Geoff Darnell, covering almost 1/3 of an acre. But even though green is the predominant color, it is a …

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THINK INSIDE THE BOX

Consider window boxes as great container gardening options Story and Photos by Tom Hewitt Many years ago I wrote an article about window boxes for Florida Gardening. Though the basic rules remain the same, the wide selection of plant material available today means we’re long overdue for an update. I still insist window boxes would …

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