FLORIDA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

LIFE AFTER GRASS

Landscaping alternatives for your Florida lawn Story and Photos by Lynette L. Walther Our luscious, spacious, green, and greedy lawns – those aristocratic symbols of conspicuous consumption, are beginning to appear so “Downton Abbey.” In other words, grand and appealing but perplexingly dramatic and dated as dinosaurs.  Many now find themselves questioning their practicality. After …

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GROW A RAINBOW OF TOMATOES

Is there such a thing as too many tomatoes? Nah! Story by Kenny Coogan kennycoogan.com Tomatoes are one of the most popular vegetables with home gardeners, and for good reason: Compared to homegrown, store-bought tomatoes are unfortunately quite disappointing. Homegrown tomatoes taste so much better, with flavors that are more complex.  Florida’s warm climate allows …

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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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BEAUTIFUL BEGONIAS

An ongoing series of beautiful container ideas Story and Photo by Diana Sageser I love travelling. It gives me a chance to walk around neighborhoods to see what other people have planted. Last year, in Kansas, I came across this stunning container located on the north side of a stone-faced house. Although this was in …

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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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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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SPECTACULAR HELICONIAS

Prima donnas of the tropical garden Story and Photos by Karinluise Calasant I am a sucker for heliconias. It seems every year I cannot resist adding one, or two, of these bold, colorful, but elusive, members of the Zingiberales order to an already burgeoning garden. These cousins of gingers and bananas are the prima donnas …

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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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