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February 2020

Things to do in the garden this month...


It's not too late to plant winter annuals...especially things like viola, pansy and petunia which prefer cooler weather.

Enjoy late winter blooms such as Azaleas and the beautiful Tabebuia Ipe tree.

Wait to cut things back! We can get cold snaps this month that can hurt heavily pruned plants. Mid-March is the earliest to do any hard pruning.

Water once weekly if we've had no rain.

Check your plants for pests. If you see any damage, place cuttings in a sealed plastic bag and take to the local nursery for diagnosis and treatment advice.

Romantic plants for your Valentine

Instead of giving a gift of perfume or cologne for Valentine's Day, consider planting something with Nature's perfume - such as a Ylang Ylang tree.

The flowers, though not showy, are delightfully fragrant - and are one of the ingredients in Chanel No. 5 perfume.

Everyone's favorite sweet-smelling flower, gardenia has that classic heady fragrance.

Usually bought as a shrub that will grow fairly large ('Miami Supreme'), it's sometimes available in tree-form or dwarf shrub varieties.

When Night-blooming Jasmine releases its fragrance after dark, it creates a romantic evening.

I recommend planting under a bedroom window or by a cozy private spot by a bench or porch.

What NOT to do

This entire yard is filled with frangipani - lovely in summer but in winter...?

Deciduous plants like this can blend into the rest of the greenery in our landscapes in winter, but too many of them look like everything in the yard is dead. Keep bare branched plants to a minimum.

What's new at

I've added a new Plant Page on the drop-dead gorgeous Brazilian Red Cloak.

If you've never seen this plant, it's one that will have you doing a double-take, it's that spectacular - and it's easy to grow and flowers in winter!

I'm still working on enlarging most of the photos on the website to match the new larger version of the site. This is taking longer than I expected, but should be done soon.

I've received a few questions on what happened to the Search Box...I had to remove it for the new ad provider. But you can always use the Sitemap to find things.

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Indian Hawthorne

"What easy-care green shrubs can I plant in shade? I want something low maintenance to use around my house's foundation."

I'd recommend Indian Hawthorne, Coontie, Dwarf Podocarpus, and Xanadu Philodendron as some of the best low-maintenance shrubs for shade.

They require little or no trimming, grow slowly, take sun or shade, most are cold tolerant, and none get very big. If you want something that gets a bit bigger you could use Viburnum Suspensum.

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Full sun? Yes

People often come to a nursery to buy a Cordyline (AKA "Ti Plant") for a full sun area.

But most of these plants will be happiest and look their best with some (or all day for some varieties) shade.

The few exceptions are Florica (pictured above) and Auntie Lou. Both these varieties, which look very similar, can take more sun than other Cordylines.

Even Red Sister - the most common "Ti" plant (pictured below) - will get burned leaf tips in full sun.

Full sun? No

Some varieties, like Red Sister and Black Magic, can adapt to quite a bit of sun (especially during winter months)...but they appreciate some shade in the afternoon.

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