Even though we’re moving through a “cold” Jacksonville winter, it’s important to know which flowers you want to plant for spring!
Here are five flowers that should definitely be on your radar to brighten up your Jacksonville landscape!
Dwarf Allamanda grows only 2-3′ high and 2′-3′ wide, blooms best in full sun and will bloom in partial shade. It blooms most of the year in South Florida cycling with heaviest bloom in Summer and Fall when they are typically available at Florida Home Depots in gallon containers. They are so colorful and durable in the intense full sun heat of summer that they are often used as summer annuals in North Florida. Allamandas tolerate most soil types.
Crossandra ‘Orange Marmalade’ – Crossandra infundibuliformis is one of the best Florida Friendly Plants to come out in the last 3 years. It is a reliable perennial in sunny or partially-shaded Florida gardens. It is insect and disease free and blooms in all the warm months of the year. Protect from hard frost and freeze for best year-to-year performance of these long-lived plants.
3. Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea)
Golden Shrimp Plant – Pachystachys lutea grows to 5 feet tall in shade or partial shade. With high fertility and regular watering it can be used in full sun. Mass plantings make spectacular displays in either location. Prune it to keep it as short as desired as it will rebloom quickly in a warm months.
4. Lantana Camara
Lantana camara is the most popular flowering perennial in the Deep South. Lantana New Gold is the most popular variety as it blooms heavily and continuously and requires little care after it is properly established. Butterflies frequent these nectar rich flowers which come in a variety of new colors.
5. Plumbago Ariculata
Plumbago ariculata grows 4 to 6 feet tall and sprawls 5 to 6 feet wide if unsupported. On a fence it will grow to cover the structure. Frost may burn the top but the woody base survives to bloom quickly in Spring and throughout much of the year depending on water and fertility. It is moderately salt tolerant and pest free.
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