Plant Selection Guide for North Florida Landscapes: 10 Great Plants for Sunny Landscapes

Do you find it  difficult to grow plants in full sunlight? The key to growing plants in sunny landscapes is choosing species that can withstand these circumstances. Many plants that thrive in full sun are also resistant to drought which makes them perfect low maintenance landscaping! We know the struggle is real and we want to help! Below you will find 10 sun-loving perennials and shrubs plants that do great in full sun Ponta Vedra landscapes.

1. Blue Daze...

Plant Selection Guide for North Florida Landscapes: 10 Great Plants for Shaded Landscapes

Different parts of a landscape may possess entirely different sun exposure and shade landscape plants take advantage of those areas which have light restricted in some way. It is also important to understand there is not just one kind of shade, nor one kind of shaded area.

Shaded areas in landscaping are often categorized by the following:

  1. Deep Shade
    An area which is shaded throughout the day and gets minimal sunlight.
  2. Partial Shade
    An area which sees the morning sun but not the afternoon, or vice versa. Morning sun is largely preferred for these plants as it is cooler.
  3. Filtered Sunlight Areas
    This is the shade created by overhead foliage which might keep an area without direct sun or perhaps under a perpetual mottled light.
Whether you want to brighten up your landscape or create more depth with added foliage, below you will find 10 shade-loving plants...

North Florida Lawn Plant of the Month: Endless Summer Hydrangea

The Endless Summer hydrangea is a brand of cold-hardy, reblooming hydrangeas. Their stunning blooms are available in many colors: pink, blue, purple, red, and white. This mophead hydrangea cultivar blooms on the previous year’s stems as well as the new season’s stems, which is not the typical bloom habit of mophead hydrangeas. This plant provides flowers from spring through late summer. It is the perfect shrub for foundation plantings, containers, perennial flower borders, and anywhere in your landscape where you want colorful blooms!

Do Endless Summer Hydrangeas need sun?
Endless Summer Hydrangeas thrive in partial shade, or roughly four hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight per day. It's best if they receive sun in the morning and shade in the afternoon.

How big do Endless Summer Hydrangeas get?
3-5 feet

How do you keep Endless Summer Hydrangeas blooming?

Plant of the Month: Dwarf Penta

Not many plants can stand the heat and humidity in Florida, but the Dwarf Penta loves it! This is a sun and heat loving flower that has been bred to bloom all summer. These attractive plants produce red, pink, or white flowers which makes them a great addition to a full/partially sunny, hot, flower garden throughout the summer and are a great source of food for hummingbirds and butterflies. This variety of Penta will stay compact and top out around 12 – 15 inches.

When to plant Dwarf Pentas:
Grow pentas in a full sun location after all danger of frost has passed. Pentas love warm temperatures and will stall and not grow well if planted too early. It’s easiest to purchase penta plants from a garden center in spring.

Where to plant Dwarf Pentas:
Grow pentas in full/part sun. Plant transplants in well-drained, compost-amended soil. Pentas don’t like cold, wet feet. Grow pentas 1 to 2 feet apart and grow them...

Plant of the Month: Milkweed

Milkweed is the poster plant for pollinator-friendly landscape designs. Not only is it attractive, it's an important nectar source for bees and other insects. Milkweed is also well known for attracting butterflies and serving as a host plant for their caterpillars.

Most famously, milkweed serves as the only host plant for the monarch butterfly.

Milkweed generally grows quickly, reaching a final height up to four feet tall, depending on the species. You can plant them closely, about 18-24 inches apart in most North Florida lawns. And whether or not the milkweed is being installed as part of a butterfly garden, plant multiple plants. Too few and you will be left with leafless milkweed and hungry caterpillars! Planting multiple species can also increase the attractiveness to butterflies and other pollinators in your yard.

Avoid Pesticides
As a host plant for a number of pollinators, use of pesticides on milkweed is...

Plant of the Month: Deep Purple Salvia

Deep Purple Salvia is an easy care, drought tolerant, deer resistant annual that the pollinators just adore. Prized for attracting hummingbirds, bees and butterflies, this tall, upright annual is an excellent thriller for mixed container plantings in addition to its use in the landscape.
The intense purple spikes of Deep Purple Salvia create a great focal point for mixed containers and as a thriller in the garden. This continuous blooming Salvia is sterile ,which means more flowers for you.

Do salvias like sun or shade?
Most salvias prefer full sun and well-drained soils, but some will bloom well in part shade. Once established, most salvia species are quite drought-tolerant and require little care. Excessive water and fertilizer can increase fungal disease problems for salvias. Most salvias prefer slightly acidic soils.

Do salvias need a lot of water?
Salvias do not require a great deal of water. Over watering...