With South Florida’s tropical climate, homeowners can grow a variety of plants that are not possible in other states. However, the challenges of heat, humidity, weeds, invasive plants, and water conservation are always present. That’s why a carefully planned and executed landscape is critical to keep your plants gorgeous, healthy, and thriving. You can enjoy an increased curb appeal as well as their beauty.
It’s refreshing to come home from a hard day’s work and see flowers, trees, shrubs, or groundcover adorning your property. It helps take some of the stress off your emotions and mind to know you can relax and admire their elegance. Remember to maintain them properly, and you can enjoy your lawn for years to come. When it’s too much work for you to plant them initially, and later care for them, call on a reputable landscape installation and maintenance service for the project.
Shrubs That Will Wow
Keep in mind as you read this blog that native plants will survive and thrive better than non-native ones. For those of you that like shrubs, here are some time-tested recommendations:
- Encore Azaleas
- Garden Croton
All these plants can withstand the constant heat of South Florida’s climate. If you want to keep them small, try dwarf varieties and low growers. These varieties are also great choices if you want to keep maintenance to a minimum. When you want taller shrubs and hedges that can be kept to three feet or less, try moderate to fast growers.
Shrubs are versatile because you can plant them in many places that look superb, including:
- Lining a drive or walk
- Along the front of a porch
- At the entry door
- Under low windows
- Edging a patio or pool.
A mixture of colorful shrubs will complement all your other plants and never go out of style.
Trees That Are Traditional Winners
If you’re into tropical trees, these plants will delight you and the entire neighborhood.
- Italian Cypress
- Little Gem Magnolia
- Muscogee Crape Myrtle
- Royal Empress
- Sago Palm
Almost everyone that wants fantastic landscaping wants some trees; however, you don’t need to choose all the same variety. In fact, two or three different ones make a happy combination. The trees in this section have the advantages of:
- Beauty and shade
- They help clean the air
- Native trees need less maintenance
- They are more efficient
- Better for the local environment
Native trees are more efficient because they require less watering and fertilizing year round. Additionally, they help safeguard the natural resources of your area, unlike some imported plants that can cause problems for your yard and the neighborhood. Native plants have adapted to the climate and have built up immunities to diseases and pests. These factors help create less maintenance in general. Work with a landscaping specialist to ensure you plant the right trees in the right places, so they will stay healthy and thrive.
Flowers You Will Never Grow Tired Of
Flowers seem to be the universal plant that everyone loves and never grows tired of. There are so many native and non-native flowers available that choosing which ones to plant on your property is fascinating. Try some of these to start:
- Beach Sunflower, Blanket Flower
- Canna Lily, Lantana Plants, Milkweed
- Powderpuff, Purple Coneflower
- Red and Pink Penta, Tickseed
When selecting flowers, you must know which ones need to be planted in the sun, in the shade, or exposed to both during the day. A favorite of South Florida yards is small flowering perennials that bloom on and off year round. They add beautiful bright spots of color to any garden or yard project. However, correct soil, mulching, watering, fertilizing, and weed control must be applied to keep them producing all year long.
Try Citrus and Fruit Trees
If you want something that is beautiful and that you can eat, plant some citrus and fruit trees, such as:
- Avocado, Brown Turkey Fig, Bananas
- Loquat, Key Lime, Meyer Lemon, Moro Blood Orange
- Nagami Kumquat, Nules Clementine, Santa Rosa Plum
Selecting the right part of the yard and spacing these trees the correct distances apart are vital to their fruit production. They need to be in the sun most, if not all, of the day. Each tree has its own needs, so you should be sure to consult with our landscaping team for best results.
A Fantastic Landscape Is Just a Call Away
Elite Landscaping Concepts is just a call or click away where you will find all the landscaping services you need for your home, business, or not-for-profit organization. We take pride in designing, planting, and maintaining superb landscapes in South Florida. Our work is guaranteed, and our prices are fair. Our team of experts has the knowledge, experience, and expertise to adorn your property and make it a place that you will love, and that is the envy of the neighborhood.