How to Pick the Best Flowers For Your Garden in Florida
There’s something about flowers. No matter where they are, either on the inside of the outside of your home, they create a sense of joy. Especially on the exterior, flowers can help draw focus to certain aspects of your home, or help frame a doorway or windows.
There are literally endless options when it comes to picking what types of flowers to adorn your home with, but depending on where you live, some flowers are easier to maintain than others. If you’ve recently purchased a property in Florida, or you’re looking to liven up your existing landscaping, choosing flowers that thrive in the Florida climate can make a world of difference when it comes to the maintenance and overall aesthetic of your landscaping. Keep reading to learn more about the best types of flowers to suit your Florida home.
Low maintenance and irresistible to hummingbirds and butterflies, the pentas flower is one of the easiest varieties to grow in Florida. Coming in a range of sizes from dwarf to full size (these top out at 36 – 48 inches tall), you can find a size to fit any yard. Pentas prefer full sun or part shade, well-drained soil and regular fertilizing in the spring and summer.
Did you know the coreopsis was the official state flower of Florida? Drought-tolerant, and also a favorite of butterflies, Coreopsis are known for their brilliant yellow blooms. However, recently many new varieties have been bred to flower in all different sorts of colors like orange, red, gold and pink. These flowers prefer full sun or part shade and well-drained soil.
Sometimes called ‘Blu Daze’, evolvulus is a great groundcover flower that provides true blue flowers. It blooms nonstop, so these flowers are perfect for edging garden beds and border or blossoming out of a container. The only downside to this flower is that it blooms in the morning and usually closes up by about noon – so perhaps not the best for people who aren’t early birds. Evolvulus prefers full sun or part shade with well-drained soil and is pretty resistant to drought.
Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia
Want a real ‘showstopper’ in your landscaping? The Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia has dark, glossy leaves and vibrant orange flowers in late autumn and winter. It does like to spread out though, so be sure to give it a little space when you first plant it. Bolivian Sunset Gloxinia grows best in part shade with moist, well-drained soil. It can handle full sun, but its soil needs to be kept evenly moist in order to thrive.
Also called portulaca, purslane is a heat-loving and low-maintenance flower that holds up well in dry spots. Sounds like the perfect flower for Florida, right? It’s often used in planters, pots and hanging baskets due to its vibrant pink, orange, yellow and white blossoms. It’s the perfect flower for any landscaper that wants a plant with loads of color but doesn’t need too much care. Choose a full sun, well-drained spot to plant your purslane. Be sure not to water your purslane too much as it can rot.
Are you looking to add a splash of color to your landscaping? Not sure where to begin? The expert team at Cutters Edge has years of experience working with all types of plants and flowers that work well in Florida’s climate. Contact them today to discuss how to turn your landscaping dreams into reality.