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March 2021

Things to do in the garden this month...

Get ready for flowers! Consistently warm weather will soon be here and our flowering plants will reward us with colorful blossoms, like the Desert Rose pictured.

March is the start of our busy time of year. March 15th or later is the time to prune back shrubs and fertilize plants. Apply weed and feed to the lawn early in the month.

Gardenias and azaleas should be fertilized only after their spring bloom is over. Use fertilizer specially formulated for these plants.

Run irrigation once a week if it hasn't rained.

Check plants for bugs. See something that doesn't look right? Bag cuttings and take them to your local nursery for diagnosis and treatment options.

Create a Sunset Garden

Recently I looked over at a neighbor's property and thought the orange color of late day sun was shining on his hedge...until I realized the hot spots of color were coming from his Flame Vine hedge itself!

Our sunsets in South Florida are spectacular, so why not enjoy the blazing glow of these colors any time of day in our landscaping?

Start with orange...lots of it. This should be the main color.

Other oranges might include Heliconia, Geiger tree, and orange Bird of Paradise.

Then add some golden yellow...

Other yellows include yellow Maui Ixora, Thryallis, and Baby Sun Rose.

Top it off with a touch of purple...

Add a hint of deep blue...

You could mix in crotons with orange highlights to set off all the other colors in the landscape.

What's new at

I added this photo of a Thunbergia 'King's Mantle' shrub to its Plant Page.

This fast grower is nearly indestructible - and, for those of us who love purple flowers, it's a garden show-stopper.


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