When I first moved to Miami from the Midwest, I had to re-learn some of the gardening rules. Some of my favorite houseplants double as landscape shrubs. Some of my favorite annuals became perennials (I love having 365 days of coleus!). And I had to learn a different planting timetable. If you’re not sure how to celebrate spring in South Florida, here are five favorites.
This was one of my favorite summer wildflowers. I love cosmos' lacy look and charming daisy-like flowers. Plus it’s fabulous for attracting pollinators like bees and butterflies to the yard. Here in South Florida, it’s not a fan of our summers, but it’s an ideal annual for early spring.
One of my biggest gardening surprises was that geraniums (Pelargonium) fizzle out by summer. It was always such a stalwart summer performer. Now I enjoy its fuzzy foliage and beautiful blooms in late winter and spring, and replace it with more heat-loving plants in May.
While marigolds (Tagetes) aren’t necessarily one of my favorite flowers, I do appreciate their appeal. They’re easy to grow and have a cottage-garden appeal. Plus, the rusty-red, hot orange, and bold yellow colors add a zesty look to spring beds, borders, and container gardens.
In South Florida, we can enjoy SunPatiens all year long, but they’re great for getting a lush look in spring. Unlike a lot of annuals, I find they’re actually a bit easier to grow in summer, when we have more frequent rains. If you don’t mind watering, SunPatiens are a surefire way to add a lot of color to your outdoor spaces.
Zinnias are a natural combination to grow with cosmos. They both add cottage charm and attract a variety of pollinators to your yard. Zinnias typically last a little longer than cosmos, especially if you select award-winning All-America Selections like the Profusion series.
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Written by Justin Hancock