The list above is shared from UFl but NOT ALL will grow in your location in Central Florida. The list is by no means an exact science with so many unique locations to consider
Lakes, open areas, dry areas, scrub areas, soil quality, PH, soil amendments, sunlight or lack of, seasonal weather events,; etc, all play a part in the health of your garden
“Native” plants are pretty much whatever grows naturally without human placement. That is “my opinion” from 30 years of trial and error. I’ve watched nature decide what filled the empty spaces in my yard Some were allowed to remain but others had to go. The yard and garden transformations from year to year are ever changing I don’t always agree with Mother Nature but I believe, I know, she knows best!
My goal from the first year living in Florida was, not to watch another plant freeze, or die due of dehydration from heat, or dry to a crispy dried branch!! After all, I had personal relationships with some (actually all) of these plants. Did I mention what it cost to “wing it”? Or how I had what I thought was a green thumb…..until I moved from “South Jersey” to Florida! Thank goodness I was up for this new challenge!
When you see your favorite little joys bite the dust it is heartbreaking. I do not like loosing things that give me so much joy. Anyone who shares a gardening passion can understand that! I knew it was time to stop watering dead plants AND stop wasting money as well It’s a wonderfully different experience now
SO – I joined Deltona Garden Club and my little piece of paradise began to grow! The knowledgeable ladies and men I had the pleasure of meeting, taught me so much Sadly many of my mentors are gone but I am hoping to keep the garden club legacy alive by sharing stories such as this