spicata Blazing Star Liatris
spicata is a plant native to Florida which can be used to achieve desirable
effects in perennial or herb gardens. It grows naturally in the sandy soils of
pine flatwoods and scrub. Unlike typical floral spires, the flower spikes bloom
from top to bottom. Liatris is popular for its longevity in floral arrangements.
Wax Myrtle in a native residential landscape, photo and design by Leigh Fulghum
Wax Myrtle, Myrica cerifera, looks best as a shrub or screening hedge when it is given room to mature. Many wax myrtle hedges have been planted in South Florida to achieve native plant requirements on landscape plans, but 30" on center is an incorrect spacing for the habit of the plant. This results in a scraggly planting, especially if the hedge is forced to maintain a height of 2'-3'. The Wax Myrtle screening hedge in the above photo was planted on 6' centers to allow for a more natural maturity of about 6' wide and 8' high.
of Native Wildflower Plantings by Seed
Jeffrey G. Norcini and James H.
Aldrich. Recommendations for successful roadside wildflower plantings; images,
Information on Florida native plants useful in the garden,
and which species of wildlife they attract.
Native Landscape Plants for South Florida
Jody Haynes, John McLaughlin and Laura Vasquez present 135 native plant species considered desirable for use in South Florida landscaping.
Native Trees for North Florida
Extension paper by Alan W. Meerow and Jeffrey G. Norcini provides a plants list and characteristics of desirable North Florida native trees.
Native Trees for South Florida
A.W. Meerow, H.M. Donselman, and T.K. Broschat present the arguments which have been used for and against more extensive use of native trees in South Florida landscaping.
Production of Blanketflower
Jeffrey G. Norcini. Methods to select Florida
ecotypes of Gaillardia which will theoretically fare better in Florida
Best Native Landscape Plants: 200 Readily Available Species for Homeowners and
by Gil Nelson
Best Native Landscape Plants is an illustrated
guide for landscape designers, home gardeners, and restoration professionals.
Published in cooperation with the Association of Florida Native Plant Nurseries
and the Florida Department of Transportation, it provides technical information
on the design and maintenance of native plants that are readily available from
the state's native plant nurseries for use in Florida gardening and landscaping.
for Florida's Wildlife
Ecosystems in Your Yard, by Joe Schaefer and George Tanner
the natural landscape becomes more humanized, the habitat for many wildlife species
has been lost or degraded. In a clear, step-by-step format, this book tells how
to create a wildlife-friendly landscape that takes into account both people and
See also: Design:
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