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Plant of the Month – November 2017

Erin Porter, Landscape Architect PLA

I am often asked for a plant that is low maintenance, is drought tolerant, and flowers.  The native blue Porterweed is one of my favorites and not just because we share a name.  This plant has a sprawling nature and whimsical flower spikes that suggest a cottage garden feel.

The blue Porterweed prefers full sun and does not require much water once it is established.  The small delicate flowers are a nectar source for many pollinators, butterflies, and hummingbirds. If the plant gets too large or full of woody stems, cut it back hard in the spring and the blue Porterweed will grow back with fresh new leaves.

SOURCES:

http://www.fnps.org/plants/plant/stachytarpheta-jamaicensis

http://www.regionalconservation.org/beta/nfyn/plantdetail.asp?tx=Stacjama

http://lee.ifas.ufl.edu/Hort/GardenPubsAZ/Blue_porterweed.pdf

April 2017 – Plant of the Month

Erin Porter, Landscape Architect PLA

If you like butterflies, then this is the plant for you. The Passion Flower Vine comes in many varieties, most often with purple flowers and the most common variety is Passiflora incarnata. The variety ‘Lady Margaret’ has a beautiful reddish-purple flower. The flowers bloom throughout the year and are well known for their beautiful and intricate architecture.

The Passion Flower Vine hosts the Gulf Fritillary butterfly and the Zebra Longwing butterfly and several other varieties visit the flower to drink the nectar. Remember, along with butterflies come caterpillars! The Passion Flower Vine prefers full sun, will die back in a hard freeze and return the following season. This climbing vine uses tendrils to attach itself to a trellis, fence or espalier system you have in your garden.


SOURCES:

http://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/ornamentals/passion-flower.html

http://collier.ifas.ufl.edu/CommHort/CommHortPubs/Passionflower%20Vines[1].pdf

http://www.sharonsflorida.com/passion-vines-native-to-central-florida.htm

 

Plant of the Month – July 2016

Erin Porter, Landscape Architect PLA

Erin Porter, Landscape Architect PLA

It’s HOT! In this July heat, there is no place I would rather be than on the beach and the Dune Sunflower, Helianthus debilis, would agree.

This fast-growing groundcover is a Florida Native and is well suited to sandy, salty and hot conditions.  The Dune Sunflower (also known as the Beach Sunflower) is a creeping groundcover with plentiful and showy flowers providing year round interest to the landscape.

It can be used to stabilize beach dunes and is planted in residential or commercial landscapes. Happy plants will bloom for several years. As the plant ages, they can have woody stems, so be sure to remove the dying stems to keep the plant looking its best.

Dune Sunflower