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gardening tips

Each month we remind you what to do, what to plant, and how to enjoy your central east coast Florida garden…

what to do in your garden in May

As the days get longer and the sun gets more intense, consider replanting your container gardens with more heat-tolerant plants. You can also move your containers to partial shade to prolong the life of your spring flowers.

When you dead-head your perennials, toss the seed heads into the flower bed. Many of these seeds will germinate, and these second-generation perennials are sturdier and well-acclimated to your garden.

Clean the air in your home with house plants. Some of the best houseplants for air purification are pothos, spathiphyllum, dracaena, and chamadorea palms.

It’s time for late spring fertilizing. Use “tone” fertilizer products, which are organic-based plant foods that won’t burn, even in these warmer months. Remember: the local fertilizer ban begins in June; to learn more about “fertilizing responsibly,” come to our Lagoon-friendly Fertilizing & Rain Barrel Workshop on Sunday, May 6 at 1 pm, presented by the Marine Resource Council.

Annual and perennials to plant now include ageratum, angelonia, bulbine, bush daisies, begonias, caladiums, coleus, coreopsis, cosmos, dahlberg daisies, dune sunflowers, gaillardia, gazania daisies, lantana, pentas, purslane, salvias, vinca, and zinnias.

Herbs and vegetables to plant now include basil, black-eyed peas, cherry tomatoes, chives, mint, okra, parsley, peppers, and rosemary.

coreopsis
May spotlight

Annual and perennials to plant in May include coreopsis (above).