FLORIDA ARTICLE ARCHIVE

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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BEAUTIFUL BEANS

8 easy beans that add both taste and color to the garden Story by Kenny Coogan kennycoogan.com Versatile and adaptable to many type of cuisines, beans are not only easy to grow, but they can be beautiful as well. Step away from the green and try these colorful varieties.  ‘Amethyst’ – Widely available, this beautiful …

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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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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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