FLORIDA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

HUMMINGBIRD TREE

Story and Photos by Jane Jordan Hummingbird tree (Sesbania grandiflora) has the most beautiful and unusual flowers that resemble small birds. They hang in large clusters and come in striking shades of white, red, and pink. This fast-growing tree is open branched with green leaves along stems that can grow up to 1 foot long. …

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THRIFT STORE HARDSCAPING

Ideas for creating hardscape using thrift store and estate sale finds Story and Photos by Leslie Derrenbacker Hardscape (by a much watered down definition) is something added to your garden that is not a plant. Hardscape is a very important element when planning any garden space. It provides four seasons of interest, requires little to …

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DANCING IN THE WIND

Using plants to add movement to the landscape Story by Jane Jordan Strong winds can cause plants to move excessively, which in turn pulls on their roots and weakens brittle branches. Some plants embrace this movement – they have strong roots, clumps that hug the ground, and stems that can stand up to gusts or …

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TO BEE OR NOT TO BEE

We need the bees, please! Story by Jay Carter Photos by Bill Johnson Pollination is one of nature’s most incredible processes. In fact, insects, birds, and animals – such as bats – pollinate over 75 percent of our flowering plants and 75 percent of our crops. Almonds are an exception to the rule: They are …

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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 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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WE GOTCHA COVERED!

Cover crops for Florida vegetable gardens Story and Photos by Bill Pitts Cover cropping is an ancient agricultural technique for improving the soil. The practice is regaining popularity not only in farming, but also in home gardens because it is sustainable – and because it works. This is especially true in Florida, where certain cover …

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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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