“Mother Nature has the best box of crayons”
Over the month of May, we have been highlighting some of the most popular landscaping genres that I see here in Northeast Florida. Many homeowners choose to stay within one type of landscaping design to create the beautiful ambience they are picturing. In the next month, you will learn what plants, palms and flowers are used to create a Tropical landscape, Mediterranean landscape, Traditional landscape and Coastal Landscape.
What do you think of when someone says coastal landscaping? Landscaping with minimal lines, very flowy, not neat and tidy. Coastal landscaping takes an organic approach to landscaping with plants “blowing in the breeze.” Most popular colors used are whites, greens, blues and splashes of pink. We usually cluster grasses such as muhly or fountain grass to create the windy look. Another great addition to coastal landscaping in the addition of climbing vines such as confederate jasmine. Use a trellis or pergola to climb the vine to create your oasis. Coastal landscaping is very relaxing and reminds you of the beach, if it’s not already in your backyard.
When creating a whimsical coastal landscape, we can use a mixture of the following:
Palms: Sylvesters, Queen Palms, Bizmarck’s and Ribbon Palms
Plants and Flowers: Muhly Grass, Fountain Grass, Gaillardia, Gaura, Dune Sunflower, Dwarf Fakahatchee, Foxtail Fern, Blue Daze, Confederate Jasmine and Sea oats on dunes.
With all landscapes, the key to success is knowing the sun/shade ratios in your yards as well as what each plant requires and planting accordingly. Annuals are always welcome in any landscape to add seasonal color to your gorgeous design. Happy Planting!
Flower of the Week: Canna Lilly
Please email Kathy at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or gardening tips you would like to see in the future.
For more information and ideas, visit our Nursery in Ponte Vedra Beach.
Kathy’s Creative Gardens and Nursery, 196 N. Roscoe Blvd., (904) 655-7373.