Plants That Thrive in the Florida Heat

One of the factors to take into account, with regards to landscaping, is the heat and the sun of Florida. Incorporating drought-resistant and low maintenance plants is necessary to keep your landscape looking its best throughout the drier seasons.

Low maintenance plants include species that have:

  • Low fertilizer requirements
  • Few pests or diseases that attack them
  • Infrequent watering and pruning needs
  • Tolerance of the Florida soil (poor alkaline sand or limestone based)

The following species possess all or most of these qualities.

Pineapple Guava

This plant can add a lot of interest and uniqueness to a landscape design. This tree grows between both 8-12 ft. tall and wide. Its grey-green leaves and pink and white flowers can bring an interesting color palette to your overall design. Additionally, the Pineapple Guava grows small, edible fruits that have a distinct guava flavoring to them. Grow this plant in full sunlight, it can handle it!

Autumn Fern

This perennial plant grows a maximum of two feet tall by two feet wide. The leaves are a bronze or copper color and eventually turn to a beautiful dark green during the course of the season. Plant this fern in the shade where moisture is evenly distributed. As a bonus, this plant is critter-resistant, and helps to keep unwanted pests out of your landscaping!

Fire Bush

Bring a display of wildlife to your backyard with this hummingbird and butterfly magnet! The fire bush blooms orange-red tubular flowers and grows to approximately 10ft tall and 6 ft wide. This bush is drought resistant, making it the perfect low-maintenance choice for your Florida landscape design. Plant yours in full sun or partial shade and wait for the magic to happen!

Additional Plants for Your Florida Landscaping

There is a wide variety of native and imported plants that thrive well in the Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton Florida heat. Work with a professional landscaping company like Three Seasons, or visit our nursery to get the best plants for your home. Some additional plants that are common in Florida landscaping designs include:

  • Juniper
  • Palm trees (of various species)
  • Dahlia
  • Walking Iris
  • Japanese Boxwood
  • Liriope
  • Carolina Jasmine
  • Spider Lily

Bring Healthy, Thriving Plants to Your Home

With a little imagination, a landscape can be created that takes advantage of the natural qualities of certain native plants, which are drought-resistant and low-maintenance. Speak to one of our team members at 941-748-4613 and explore the possibilities available for your lawn.

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