Us Floridians are truly blessed. With clear, blue skies, a subtropical climate, and hundreds of miles of beaches, we see the best of the outdoors.
But, gardening in the Sunshine State isn’t all roses and daisies. That’s because most of Central and South Florida crosses through 3 hardiness zones: 9B-11. There’s a large variety of temperatures, rainfall amounts and humidity that the state sees, so gardening can be tricky.
So, if you’re looking to spruce up your garden, we’re here to help! Here are some South Florida flowers that will make your yard pop.
Pentas grow great in all parts of the state, not just South Florida. The reason they’re so popular is that they’re extremely low-maintenance. They grow well in full shade or even part-shade with drained soil.
Pentas bloom in red, pink, lavender, or white, and can range from 1 to 4 feet tall. They blossom endlessly throughout the year. But, it’s best if you can fertilize in spring and summer.
This purple (or sometimes white) beauty actually flourishes in hot, drier climates. Blue Salvia requires a full sun and well-drained soil. It’s also one of the easiest South Florida flowers to grow due to its low-maintenance.
Blue Salvia is a huge attractant for bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds, so it’s great for pollinators. It blooms year-round in this area, where Northern Florida only sees an annual.
This list wouldn’t be complete without the popular Coreopsis- aka our state wildflower. They’re large, beautiful, and bold, and are often the focal part of any garden.
These open golden flowers have touches of red, orange, yellow, and even pink. The reason they perform so well in Southern Florida is that they’re drought-tolerant. This means that they can withstand long dry durations without much effort.
This is another flower that grows well year-round in warm temperatures. The full sun and moist dry soil help this red hibiscus grow.
Turk’s Cap comes in quite small, at roughly 2 inches and they’re tube-shaped. But, while being small, the blossoms add a cheerful pop to yards across the state. They’re essentially a staple to Florida gardens all year long.
Let’s end with a popular choice- the famous periwinkle. These full-bodied purplish pink florets grow best in direct sunlight and cannot receive too much moisture.
They grow best in all of the 9B-11 hardiness zones, which spans from Central Florida through Key West. Periwinkles have a very high drought tolerance and grow up to 2 feet tall.
With such a beautiful outdoor environment, it’d be a waste not to have a flourishing garden. We listed 5, but believe us, there are plenty of blooms that can make your home or business garden stand out.
At CWG Landscape, we make that happen. We offer professional lawn and garden care among other landscape maintenance.
We’ve serviced thousands of clients in Southern Florida, so we’re confident in our selections. We’ll also work with you to help create the richest garden that you can imagine! Sound good to you? Contact us today!
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