Plant summer annuals! Visit your locally-owned nursery for favorites such as Zinnia, Gazania Daisy or Begonia - or look for new and different varieties such as the Gomphrena pictured above. This pretty plant grows about 2 feet tall in full to part sun, and the little blossoms make long-lasting cut flowers.
Water twice a week (if no rain) - if temperatures are very warm.
Fertilize! Get your 'summer" fertilization done this month before the fertilizer blackout starts. The blackout - June 1st through September 30th - affects many counties in Florida...contact your county extension office for regulations where you live.
This hardy succulent works as a groundcover, front-of-the-border plant, or swirling around rocks - or grow it in a container and let it "waterfall" over the sides.
Sedum is rich in foliage texture - and then in late summer many varieties actually bloom, with flowers in yellow, white, or rose that attract butterflies.
The foliage colors can vary in shades of bright green, gray, chartreuse, maroon, and variegated.
Some varieties prefer sun, others do best in part sun or even part shade. Ask at the nursery when you buy.
Chinese Sedum grows in sun or shade but in shade it will green up and look its best.
There are so many varieties of Sedum it's hard to pick just one. Interplanting different ones can give a unique look to the planting bed.
These plants are drought tolerant once established, and they must be planted in a well-drained area...especially important in South Florida's rainy season.
I added this photo of the leaf detail to the Plant Page on one of my favorite plants - green arboricola.
Why is it a favorite? It's so versatile...sun or shade, hedge or accent or privacy plant, tough, cold hardy, pest resistant, tropical good looks - what's not to like?
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