Whether keeping up with a current garden or planting a new one, the Central Florida climate can be a difficult one to predict. Plants that are drought resistant and low maintenance are ideal for most homeowners and will bring pleasure to all who behold them. Let’s take a look at some of the best, and easiest, plants to bring life and curb appeal to your Davenport home.
Blanket Flower is a Florida native that is drought resistant and salt tolerant. The nectar in its bright gold and red flowers that appear throughout summer attracts butterflies and other wildlife. This sun-loving annual reseeds and is also really easy to grow. It makes a great companion plant with the popular Beach Sunflower.
Firebush is an easy to grow shrub that is extremely colorful with tube-shaped yellow-and-orange flowers and is a favorite among butterflies and hummingbirds. Native to Tampa Bay, the Firebush can be grown with other butterfly-attracting annuals or perennials in garden beds or borders or even in containers. It is a great companion plant with native Pityopsis grami.
Beautyberry grows to about 5-9 ft. tall and produces delicate lavender flowers and clusters of highly decorative purple berries in late summer and fall. Beautyberry is very easy to grow and this drought-tolerant shrub prefers well drained soil and full sun or light shade. This plant is a perfect addition to any of the homes for sale in Davenport Fl.
This is a great plant to consider when planning your garden. Buttonwood is a drought-tolerant Florida native plant with leaves. These landscape plants can be used as stunning hedge, accent or small tree. The silver form is popular for the foliage, color and contrast. Use these in your new garden to create contrast and segment certain areas from others or along walkways and patios.
The native Saw Palmetto, is one of the plants most associated with Florida and is ideal for growing as it can withstand the driest of conditions This palm grows 4-12 ft. tall, with fan shaped leaves that may be 1 1/2 to 2 ft across with sharp, saw-like teeth, along the petiole. It will thrive in sun or shade. The silver / blue form is popular for the foliage contrast.
Longleaf Pine or Yellow Pine, is a classic, once dominant pine of the Southeast with a thick, reddish-brown, and scaly bark. This stately pine tree reaches 80-100 ft. and develops a dense and majestic crown as the tree matures. This magnificent tree has graceful, long needles, likes the sun and prefers well drained soil.
Spiderwort is a Florida native perennial that grows upright 1 to 2 ft. in height. It displays clumps of showy blue, three-petaled one-inch flowers on top of the stems. With a long blooming season through spring, this plant likes sun or shade. Cut it back after heavy spring bloom and they will continue to bloom through summer and fall.
Seagrapes is quite a drought-tolerant evergreen, ranging from a low shrub along coastal areas to a tree up to 35 feet high in more frost-free growing conditions. Seagrapes have large, leathery, stiff and roundish leaves from 4 to 8 inches wide that are silky bronze to wine red when young, later maturing to dark green with prominent veins. It produces an abundance of small, white, fragrant flowers in late spring or early summer.
The blue / green foliage of the Bluestem Palmetto makes it an ideal landscape accent plant for Florida. For a tropical effect, you can grow it in shade or partial sunny areas to help give that classic island vibe to your garden. It can tolerate any soil condition, from consistently moist soil to constantly dry locations.
Even if you don't have a green thumb, these plants will thrive in your Davenport garden and will bring significant curb appeal with them. Minimal maintenance and the ability to survive through different types of weather conditions make them ideal for the Central Florida climate. Without a doubt you will enjoy your outdoor space even more once you add these beautiful plants.