Florida Butterfly Garden: Selecting native plants to attract butterflies
There is something magical about butterflies. I have yet to meet a person in the garden that does not smile when one glides by, landing on the nearest bloom. Butterflies are just one more living th...
What to Prune When in Your Garden for the Healthiest Plants
Take the mystery out of when to prune your plants. Many trees, shrubs, and perennials can produce more blooms and stronger growth if you trim them at certain points during the year, so timing is everything for creating a healthier, more lush garden with your shears.
Plumbago (Auriculata) - Zone 8b-11 Full Sun (flowers reduced in part sun) Evergreen shrub with arching branches that form a loose, rambling, rounded mound 3'-10' high & wide. Frost may burn top, but it will recover quickly. Very fast growing. Butterflies love. It requires a lot of work to keep a formal appearance. It planted by a fence, it will grow to cover. Prune to keep bushy in winter- flowers on new growth. Propagate from semiripe tip cuttings in summer or from seeds.
Plumbago (Ceratostigma plumbaginoides) tough, drought tolerant; blooms very long time from summer into fall, then dazzles with deep red fall foliage. The flowers are an intense dark blue. The attractive shiny green foliage disappears in winter and doesn’t return until early May. Dependable plant for variety of soil types and in part-shade or full sun. Grows 6″-10″ high, spreads 24″-36″ or more into drifts that can weave with other plants.Great underneath trees in dry shade.