Mondo grass is also known as monkey grass. It is an evergreen perennial that makes a great groundcover or standalone grass-like plant. These plants perform well in almost any soil and lighting condition. Mondo grass is a slow growing plant that can be easily propagated by division and requires minimal care once established. A truly attractive and outstanding landscape plant with a multitude of uses, it is well worth the gardener’s time to learn how to grow mondo grass.
Mondo grass can tolerate almost anything, including deer, but fails without adequate moisture. What is mondo grass? It is not a true grass, but it does have strappy leaves and a clumping habit. In summer it brightens up the area with lavender or white flowers that develop into glossy black fruit. Growing mondo grass is easy, as the plant withstands neglect in regions where plentiful moisture is naturally available. Once established, you can pretty much forget about the plant unless you want to go check out its seasonal beauty, or it is time to divide it.
Imagine great grassy tussocks shrunk down to fairyland size, and you can envision mondo grass. These small plants grow only 6 to 10 inches tall (15-25 cm.) and have a clumping or mounding nature depending upon variety. Ophiopogon japonicus is the scientific name and refers to the plant’s native region of Asia. The components of the name are derived from the Latin words for snake and beard, a reference to the spiky flowers. As a lawn substitute in shady to partially sunny locations, it is a great sod alternative that never needs mowing. Mondo grass spreads by stolons, or underground stems, and can slowly form dense colonies. Leaves are ½ inch wide (1.3 cm.) and glossy green or even variegated.
With its commanding presence, the exotic crinum lily enhances more formal to wildly tropical landscaping. A giant lily like this can be the centerpiece of your landscape. Already impressive in size and growth habit, it occasionally tops it off by producing a long stem with an enormous flower. Crinums bloom on and off all year. They widen at the base with their many suckers or "pups" - baby crinums - that you can remove or leave in place.
The foliage of these plants is upright and stiff, forming an attractive clump. This is a moderate grower that prefers a well-drained area in full to part sun, though it will grow in shadier spots. In more shade, the Queen Emma's leaves will revert to more green in color. The plant blooms all year - whenever it feels like it - usually more often during warm months of the year.
Though it's moderately drought tolerant, this plant can take moist conditions occasionally and looks spectacular when planted near the edge of a pond. Water on a regular basis with time for the soil to dry out between waterings. Because these lilies are big plants that grow into a wide clump, place them 3 to 5 feet apart from each other.
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Agave Yellow Ribbons
Large upright succulent rosette to 5 to 6 feet tall by 6 to 8 feet wide with upright green to gray-green leaves that have cream-colored margins. As with other Agave americana varieties this plant has yellow-green flowers that attract hummingbirds but plants do not bloom until they are several decades.
Plant in full sun. Irrigate occasionally to not at all. Cold hardy to 15 degrees F or less. This large plant can be dramatic in the landscape - give it plenty of room and situate it away from traffic. Great on a hillside. This particular selection was made from one plant growing on the nursery property and is particularly elegant with a more open habit and leaves that arch outwards slightly towards the tips.
This is a plant that is relatively easy to care for. Due to its habitat it is capable of handling warm, dry areas and due to the fact that it only needs moderate watering during the summer and nearly no watering in the winter, maintenance is simple.
A fast growing agave that grows to 5 feet tall and wide with 3 to 4 foot long narrow leaves of a beautiful shade of blue gray and brown sharp terminal spine and margin teeth. It sends out pumps, both near the plants base and several feet away on rhizomes so give this plant some room.
Agaves are not difficult plants to grow. If you are the type of person who likes to set it and forget it, and have a sunny window, Agave might be the plant for you. In general Agave doesn't need to be repotted every year. Most of the species commonly found in cultivation grow very slowly and will take a long time to outgrow their pot. It is also best to handle your plant as little as possible, since they do not like to be disturbed.
Plant in full sun in a well drained soil and irrigate very little. This plant needs to be grown where temperatures do not drop below 25°F or even below 27°F for extended periods. This is the plant used in the Jalisco, Mexico as the base ingredient of the distilled spirit called Tequila where it has been cultivated since before the Spanish arrived. Other products derived from this plant include aguamiel and pulque. It is considered a domesticated species without any wild populations known to exist.
The adonidia palm - often called "Christmas Palm" - is a showy, highly ornamental palm that works beautifully in small landscape areas. The adonidia is easy care...it's self-cleaning, meaning the spent fronds just fall off by themselves, a big low-maintenance plus. And adonidias are pretty much pest-free.
It looks like a miniature royal palm, with its green crown shaft, gray trunk and long full fronds. Single trunk specimens work almost anywhere since they won't grow too large or too fast to overwhelm most locations.Christmas palms make good focal points in small tropical gardens and, when taller and more mature, they can become an elegant statement palm.
Growing slowly to an average height of 12 to 15 feet, this palm is moderately salt-tolerant - it usually won't be affected by salt spray. Performing best in full sun, a Christmas palm tree can tolerate partial shade. But too much shade causes the trunks to grow skinny and the fronds thin.
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Giant Bromeliad Vri Sanguinolenta
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Jatropha is an evergreen shrub or small tree with stunning flowers that will bring butterflies and hummingbirds to your garden. There are two species of Jatropha that grow quite well in South and Central Florida, Jatropha integerrima and Jatropha multifidi. Jatropha is a tropical evergreen that has slender stems and multiple trunks. These plants can reach about 15 feet tall and have an equal spread when left unpruned. Once established, J. integerrima and J. multifida are both low maintenance and drought tolerant. Jatropha plants need well-drained soil, and while they can handle partial shade to full sun, they will flower best in areas with full sun. This plant is not salt tolerant.
Jatropha tolerate pruning well, which gives you options when it comes to the form of your plant. You can let it grow naturally into an interesting multi-trunked tree, or with some pruning, it can be trained into a fabulous espalier, shrub, or single-trunked tree. Take care when pruning Jatropha plants, as the milky sap can irritate sensitive skin. The versatility of these plants is not limited to your pruning skills—Jatropha can actually work quite well in a large container on a porch or patio.
Serissa is a genus of flowering plants in the family Rubiaceae, containing only one species, Serissa japonica. It is native to open sub-tropical woodlands and wet meadows in southeast Asia, from India, and China to Japan.
It is an evergreen or semi-evergreen shrub, 45–60 cm high, with oval, deep green, rather thick leaves that have an unpleasant smell if bruised (hence its name foetida). The upright stems branch in all directions and form a wide bushy dome. It is grown for its neat habit, good coverage of branches and long flowering time. It is also valued for its rough, grey trunk which tends to get lighter in color with age.
Serissa flowers practically all year round, but particularly from early spring to near autumn. The 4- to 6-lobed flowers are funnel-shaped and 1 cm wide. They first appear as pink buds but turn to a profusion of white flowers. Fertilizing is especially important during the long flowering period.
White Copper Leaf
One of the prettiest South Florida shrubs is copper plant - or "copperleaf" - with its striking, brightly-colored leaves. Copperleaf plants like part sun to part shade. These shrubs do flower but with narrow, dangling, fuzzy blooms (called "catkins") similar in color to the foliage so the blossoms are all but invisible. These plants are tropical by nature and do best in Zone 10. They're not strong, robust shrubs, so plant in an area sheltered from wind. Evergreen (though they can thin in winter) and moderately salt-tolerant, they're fast growers you can keep 3 to 5 feet.
Keep a regular watering schedule for these shrubs. If they stay too dry for too long they won't look their best and the resulting stress can invite pests. Plant 3 feet apart. Come out from the house 2-1/2 to 3 feet. If you're planting along a driveway or walk, come in about 3 or 4 feet. Copperleaf plants will work fine in a container.
The Croton Magnificent has a medium green foliage color and grows about 4’ – 6’ feet tall and 3’ – 4’ feet in width.
Crotons are the most popular of South Florida's colorful foliage plants, with brilliantly-colored leaves shot with gold, red, orange, green and even pink. This easy-care shrub features color and low-maintenance for any size yard. They feature many leaf types and sizes - swirly, narrow ribbons to wide, flat leaves. Different varieties can be planted together for a riot of color and a mix of textures, or place several of the same variety to grow together in a "drift."
A benefit of mixing crotons with flowering shrubs is the consistency of color in the landscape, even while other plants are not in bloom. These are slow growers, and most can easily be kept 3 feet (or less for smaller varieties). You can plant in almost any light - full sun to partial shade. Trimming is only needed occasionally to keep the plant's size in check. As with all foliage shrubs, always trim stems - don't cut across leaves.
Fox Tail Palm
The enchanting foxtail palm is extremely popular for its perfect proportions, self-cleaning habit and full, rounded fronds. A tropical showstopper in the landscape, the foxtail is available in single or multi-trunk specimens. Its smooth gray trunk is topped with a bright green crownshaft and big tufted fronds that resemble the bushy tail of a fox. The charismatic beauty of this palm works in almost any landscaping, as long as the house itself isn't overwhelmed by its size.
Foxtails are fast growers, reaching an ultimate height of about 30 feet. These South Florida palms like plenty of sunshine and they're moderately drought-tolerant once established, though a regular watering is ideal. The foxtail is a moderately salt-tolerant palm and it's self-cleaning (old fronds fall off by themselves).
Foxtail palms will work well in large containers while they're young. Like all plants, palms produce flowers and seeds. After flowering, a more mature foxtail bears a large, heavy cluster of fruit containing seeds. The fruit is showy and bright red, each one the size of a small tomato.
Green arboricola - or "dwarf schefflera," as it's often called - has a lush tropical look, yet this hardy shrub only requires a minimum amount of care.
If you're looking for a pretty, easy-to-grow, mid-size shrub, this is it. Plant it anywhere - full sun to full shade - and it will thrive. Forget to water it - it will forgive you. One of the benefits of using this plant is that if you trim back any branches, the plant doesn't have to grow out of the trim to look good. The umbrella-like leaflets generally cover up any cut points so the plant always looks good.
Silver buttonwood has velvety-soft leaves dusted with silvery-gray color and makes a stunning hedge, accent or small tree. Like all silver foliage plants, this shrub's unusual color contrasts beautifully with all the green in a landscape. It can look almost white in a landscape or take on a bluish cast. These plants are especially effective when planted in combination with red, pink, purple, blue and white flowering plants. They can function as clipped hedge shrubs or left to grow in a more natural shape.
Because the plant grows in a vase shape - wider at the top - and basically wants to be a tree, it's often somewhat bare at the bottom. You can encourage this and use the plant as a multi-trunk tree. Or if you prefer the look of a single trunk tree, buy one from the nursery already trained that way.
When a buttonwood tree is planted near the coast, it can develop a unique and picturesque form from the constant sea breeze. These are salt-tolerant Florida native plants. They're drought-tolerant once established but will also put up with "wet feet" occasionally. though green buttonwood is a better choice for areas that tend to stay moist. These plants are moderate to fast growers that prefer full to part sun. They'll grow in part shade, too, but won't be as full or as colorful.
Sometimes called flame of the woods, ixora is a member of the Rubiacea family which includes coffee, gardenia, firecracker vine, and pentas. While using scientific names to identify plants can be helpful in avoiding confusion between common names, figuring out how to pronounce a word written in Latin can be tricky. So if you find yourself struggling remember, ixora is pronounced “icks-SORE-ah.”
These plants are dependable bloomers, love the sun, and fit nicely into any size landscape. Often planted in groups or rows for maximum color, ixoras work well with informal gardens, tropical beds, or more formal and manicured landscape designs. These plants bloom heavily during warm months, and then off and on through cooler weather. These evergreen plants need full to partial sun to produce the most flowers. This shrub is a moderate grower and can be kept about 2-1/2 to 3 feet tall.
One of the most fragrant vines of South Florida, confederate jasmine is blanketed in spring with sweet-scented white flowers. The tiny white blossoms appear in April and May; the rest of the year this is a handsome vine with small and glossy deep green leaves that can provide complete privacy with the right support.
This plant thrives in any light - full sun to full shade - though it will flower more heavily in sunnier areas. A moderate grower, it picks up the pace as it gets more established and turns into a fast-growing vine.
Confederate jasmine can be used on fences, pergolas, you name it...but the closer to the house, deck or patio the better in order to enjoy the lusciously sweet fragrance. These moderate to fast jasmine vines are cold hardy and thrive anywhere in Florida. They will grow in sun or shade but produce the most flowers in sunnier spots.