One of the foremost benefits of living in Southwest Florida is the ability to have a beautiful landscape all year-round.
This is the tenth of 12 Landscaping Tips for a Florida-Friendly Yard, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
Your family can enjoy a well-cared for environment even in winter when the rest of the country is shivering under a blanket of snow. We have a unique, wonderful climate in Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Naples, one that encourages green growth twelve months a year.
In order to make the ideal use of our year-round sunny weather and warm temperatures, you want to select the optimal plants for your landscape — trees and shrubs that will thrive in our subtropical climate.
Choosing appropriate plants for your yard ensures that you use less water, fertilizer, and pesticides, and that your plants will require less day-to-day care.
Some excellent choices include croton, pitch apple, dwarf red ixora, natal plum, pygmy date palm, and the dwarf bougainvillea “Helen Johnson.”
Other desirable plants for our unique environment are Florida natives. These plants thrive in our alternating wet and dry seasons. They’re heat resistant, drought tolerant, and less threatened by many of the pests that live in our area.
Some beautiful options to try include:
wild coffee, gaillardias, beach daisies, wild sage, seagrapes, silver buttonwood, and sweet acacia.
Also, The University of Florida in partnership with the Southwest Florida Water Management District and the Florida Department of Environmental Protection has created an online tool that will help you called the Florida-friendly Plant Database. You can input the type of:
- plant you are looking for
- light range available (full sun, partial shade, or shady)
- oil moisture
- soil texture
- amount of salt tolerance needed
Make sure when you plant trees in your landscape you avoid planting directly over irrigation pipes, septic systems, or next to your driveway. This may cause major damage later on!
Are you looking to make your Fort Myers, Naples or Cape Coral yard the best that it can be? We offer complete Lawn Care, Shrub Care, Tree Care, Pest Control and Irrigation services that can help you achieve the results you’re striving for!
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