South Florida Landscape Plants

...beautiful, exotic, and easy to grow!

Once you get to know Florida Landscape Plants, growing them is easy!

If you live in the southern half of Florida - from (approximately) Tampa to Melbourne and southward - this guide's for YOU!

Florida landscape plants cordyline (Ti plant), croton, palm and ferns

Newbies -Discover new-to-you plants and how to grow them in sandy soil and blazing sun

Snowbirds - Find easy-going plants that can thrive with only part-time care

Natives & Long-Time Residents - Learn more about plants you have and "window-shop" for new ones

The Plant Pages give you all the basics - and then some!

You'll find Zone 9 plants as well as those for Zone 10 - Florida shrubs, palms, trees and flowers - so you have choices that are right for your specific area.

South Florida Landscape Plants are unique, so each one has its own featured page.

You'll find a photo or two with a detailed description of...

  • how big it grows - OR at what size you can keep it trimmed
  • how fast it grows
  • whether it likes sun or shade
  • if and when it flowers
  • basic care - watering, trimming, fertilizing
  • any special info ("attracts butterflies")
  • plant spacing - how far apart to plant
  • is it drought-tolerant, salt-tolerant, cold-hardy?
  • is it a good Snowbird plant?
  • best landscaping uses ("low-growing foundation plant")
  • companion plant suggestions - what to plant with or around it
  • other plants you might like that are similar
Areca palm

Recently moved to Florida?

You might be feeling helpless when it comes to South Florida landscaping and gardening...unfamiliar plants, soil that's mostly sand, relentless sun, torrential rains (or long stretches with NO rain), and almost 12 months of growing season!

Even if you were an avid gardener in your "home state," you're starting over and the learning curve might seem steep.

YOU are the reason this site exists - South-Florida-Plant-Guide is designed especially with you in take heart! Your answers are right here!

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Not too much...not too little...

South-Florida-Plant-Guide strives to be a user-friendly reference and info website to give just the right amount of information homeowners need about Florida Landscape Plants.

Plus - there's a lot of wrong information out there...and even a little bit of wrong can mean life or death to a plant.

Orange bird of paradise flowers

"The right plant for the right place."

Sounds simple, doesn't it? Yet it's the one basic key to success.

South-Florida-Plant-Guide is here to help you choose that right plant for the planting area you've got - and to choose the plant that's right for you!

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