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When planting in Florida, it's important to note that there is no "one size fits all" answer. Florida has a little bit of everything from swamps to sandy soil, heat and humidity to frost. Placing the wrong plant in the wrong location causes frustration. Fortunately, there are many resources to help you find the right plant for your yard. 

Native and Non-Native Plants

Hello March. This is a beautiful time of year in Florida. Spring is around the corner and like most of the year here, it's a great time to be outside. The heat of the summer hasn't gotten here yet which means it's a nice time to work in the yard. If you're considering doing some landscaping, be sure to focus on native or non-invasive plants. Invasive plants can wreak havoc on Florida's ecosystems causing problems for native plants and wildlife. Some are dangeous for family pets as well. For clarification, Native plants are plant species that occur naturally within a geographic region or area. Non-native plants (sometimes called exotics) are species that have been introduced to a geographic region. Not all non-native plants are a problem - more than 73% don't cause any problems at all.

The University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (UF/IFAS) has a great online tool so you can research specific plants. Enter the name of a plant if you know it, or scroll through their extensive database of plants to find out which ones are harmful, and which ones are not. For a link to their site, click here. 

The photo above is a Japanese honeysuckle. According to UF/IFAS Japanese Honeysuckle is invasive. It is frequently found in Florida landscapes however it is capable of taking over small trees and shrubs, causing them to collapse. There are many alternatives available if you're looking for a vining plant. Coral honeysuckle is a native plant - distinguishable by orange or red flowers instead of white.

9 Principles of Friendly Florida Landscaping

UF/IFAS has identified 9 Principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping:

Right Plant, Right Place
Water Efficiently
Fertilize Appropriately
Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
Recycle Yard and Kitchen Waste
Reduce Stormwater Runoff
Protect the Waterfront

For more on this, visit UF/IFAS online.  If you want to learn more about landscaping in Florida, the fine folks at the University of Florida have a podcast as well. You can find out how to tune in here. 
Lastly, if you're looking for suggestions on Florida's best native plants for your landscaping, you'll love 30 BEST NATIVE PLANTS FOR FLORIDA. 

The photo above is of a Plumeria. These colorful flowering plants are native to the Caribbean Basin. The grow best in full sun and well-drained soil. Flowers bloom between May and November. Plumeria are non-invasive and perfect for adding color to your landscaping. 

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