Plants make your home look prettier, and purify the air at the same time. But, it is not possible to grow every type of plant in your garden. Some plants grow the best in specific climatic conditions. The climate of Florida is mostly humid, which makes it possible for some species of plants to grow to their fullest potential in this climate.
Best plants for your garden in Florida
Pentas are low-maintenance flowers. The pentas plant has perennial flowers which are moderately tolerant towards drought. It can be grown fully in the sun or in part shade in well-drained soil, and has a wide variety of types to choose from. It has flowers which bloom non-stop in clusters in the shades of pink, red, white, or lavender.
Coreopsis, the official state flower of Florida, mostly contains golden-yellow petals. Once the plants grow, they are fairly drought-tolerant, and do not require a lot of care. They must be grown in well-drained soil fully in the sun or in part shade.
Lavender is a drought-tolerant fragrant plant, which grows the best in sandy soil. The plant must be grown fully in the sun in well-drained soil. It is a perennial plant, and its flowers can be used for making potpourri.
Some other flowers which grow well in Florida are purslane, heuchera, Bolivian Sunset gloxinia, African lily, and gerbera among many others.
Shrubs and trees
Feijoa, also called pineapple guava, can be pruned into a dense hedge or a small tree. It gives white or baby pink flowers which are edible and can be added to dishes such as salads. It produces egg-shaped fruits, which are said to taste like guava by some and a minty pineapple by a few others. Feijoa can be grown in full sun or part shade in different types of soil, preferably slightly acidic soil. It does not require much water.
Bay cedar is a large shrub with soft gray-green leaves, and produces yellow flowers. It must be grown in well-drained soil in full sun, and is not frost-tolerant. It is highly adaptable to salty seaside locations, making it a perfect fit for Florida.
Some other shrubs and trees include beach tea, bird pepper, sea grape, wax myrtle, and gopher apple among many others.
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