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Weeping Willows: Finding Your Inner Peace

There are few trees as graceful and effortlessly elegant as the weeping willow (Salix babylonica). The long green branches sway gently in the breeze adding an instant Zen-like quality to the landscape. In these uncertain times, creating a tranquil, reflective space at home can help melt away anxiety and concerns beyond our control. To make […]

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Bromeliads in the Landscape

By Amanda Rose Newton Bromeliads are easy to grow, low maintenance plants that give off instant tropical flair and can be grown indoors and out, in trees or in the ground.  Worldwide, there are over 2,500 species, with diversity ranging from the familiar native Spanish moss to the edible pineapple. With so many interesting variations […]

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Ants in Your Plants!

By Amanda Rose Newton One of the most common questions we hear is why ants start appearing on plants in the garden and how to get rid of them. To help address both those points, let’s discuss a little bit about the biology and good deeds performed by ants before diving in. I Bet You […]

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Florida Plants for Every Space

by Amanda Rose Newton Spring is officially in full bloom and with so many of us having extra quality time in our yards, it’s hard to ignore those areas where nothing seems to grow. Take comfort in knowing you are not alone in this predicament, here in Brevard County Florida, every yard has its quirks. […]

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Lend a Helping Hand and Protect Your Garden with Bonide

by Amanda Rose Newton With so many of you out in your garden the past month, protecting what you have spent time and energy on is more important than ever. Florida provides its fair share of pest pressure, being the perfect mix of climate and year-round foliage that makes your home garden an ideal destination […]

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Life is Peachy, Even in Florida!

by Amanda Rose Newton With the continued uncertainty brewing in the citrus industry in Florida, the shift to consider other fruit varieties has begun. If you have been longing for the stone fruits you might have enjoyed further North or West, you are in luck. The University of Florida has crafted 5 varieties of the […]

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Invite Butterflies for Brunch: Create Your Own Butterfly Container Garden

by Amanda Rose Newton Whether your backyard is several acres or a concrete slab, you can create a beautiful garden to entice important butterfly pollinators to stop by for a quick visit. When creating a butterfly garden, the same rules apply despite your amount of space. Understanding which plants your favorite butterfly prefers as a […]

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Groundcovers and Lawn Alternatives

Groundcovers simply refer to plants that are low growing and have a spreading habit. Most of us grew up with traditional turf grass lawns and may have never considered the abundance of other options that exist. Many of the alternatives discussed below come with added benefits, such as not having to mow, water, or fertilize […]

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Florida plants for wet soil

Florida boasts a unique geology that provides many coastal areas with sandy, well-draining soil, but also creates low-lying patches where water naturally accumulates. Brevard County is no exception, and with the rainy season on the horizon, many may think those slow to drain spots are doomed to be empty and boring all summer long. Surprisingly, […]

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Growing a True Florida Garden: Plant Native!

Florida is unique in having typical temperate as well as exotic subtropical species all in one place. Embrace what makes living here so special and dedicate a portion (or all) of your yard to native plants. There are many reasons to consider natives, the variety of colors, sizes, and shapes alone offer a magnitude of […]

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