Choosing colors for your yard should be easy… start with the colors you like! There are no right and wrong answers. However, try some of these tried and true color schemes to ensure beauty and harmony in your yard.
The Monochromatic color scheme is most frequently seen using whites. It can be done using your favorite color such as red, or yellow. You can create contrast by using different size, variegation, textures, and hues in foliage.
The Complimentary color scheme is achieved by using colors on opposite sides of the color wheel. For example, blue and orange, purple and yellow, & green and red. Try using different hues of one color to create a harmonious contrast in your yard that will be sure to catch the attention of your neighbors and local pollinators!
Analogous color schemes may be the easiest to execute because there little room for misstep. Gardens can be drawn from anywhere on the color wheel so you may create a nice warm feeling yard by using reds yellow and oranges, or a cool effect when blues and purples are combined.
It is no secret that 2020 was hard for everyone. Why not secure a session with the cheapest therapist around? Mother Nature. Research has continuously proven that gardening has a positive effect on our mental health and overall wellbeing.
- It’s Easy. You don’t need to have a green thumb, a huge yard, or a plethora of plants to feel the effects of gardening. A few pots on your patio, plants in your window, or a small bed will do the trick. Try using low maintenance plants like Succulents, Pothos, Sanseveria, or ZZ Plant to get started.
- Release Anger & Frustration. Give your pillow a break from the beating and grab a shovel, machete, or clippers. There’s nothing like hacking away at that overgrown shrub or breaking the ground to plant something new. Ten minutes in and you are sure to feel better!
- Exercise. Those twenty minutes you just spent trimming or digging helped your body release feel good hormones which are great for both mental and physical health. Dopamine and Serotonin- the feel good hormones are realeased, and Cortisol – a hormone associated with stress is lowered with physical activity. Say adios to the gym membership!
- Relax. Working in the yard can be tiring, which leads to better sleep at night. It also helps calm those thoughts about your bills, work, drama, etc. Not to mention you can sit back and just enjoy being outside in the area that you have created and tend to. Studies show that nature doesn’t only assist in improving your state of mind, but improves blood pressure and heart rate.
- Create a space you love. Personalize your home with your favorite color flowers, add some fragrant plants to enjoy, plant herbs and vegetables that you can enjoy in your meals, add privacy shrubs to enclose your space and have privacy. There are no right and wrong answers when it comes to gardening – and if you have questions on what plants will do well – we can help!
- Increase the value of your home. Adding plants, trees, and palms can help increase your curb appeal and house worth!
December and January are typically the coldest months in Florida and occasionally, sensitive plants need to be protected either using fabric or plastic. If your plants suffer from cold damage, there still may be hope! Follow these tips to help spring life back into your yard!
Water. Even injured plants need water. Drenching the soil will provide nourishment for the plant and additionally help thaw the soil around it.
Pruning. We know that having brown lifeless foliage is not ideal in your landscape, but it is important not to prune too early. This foliage will help insulate the plant from further damage. If you do decide to prune right away, be aware that the new growth is vulnerable to cool temperatures. Herbaceous plants like begonias that die down to the ground should be removed so that fungal and bacterial issues do not arise.
Fertilizing. It is best to wait until spring to fertilize your damaged plants. You do not want to encourage new growth before the winter season is over. Once we are in the clear of freezing temperatures, go ahead and give your plants a boost of nutrients. We recommend fertilizing three times a year, March June and September.
Plastic – Plastic is typically lightweight and easy to use while covering your plant materials. However, if it is laid directly on top of plants, there is no insulation and this is where damage can occur. In addition, heat can build up under plastic if the temperature rises and the sun is out. It is important to remove the plastic at that point, or ventilate. You can use stakes to prevent both of these issues while using plastic to protect plants during cold snaps.
Fabric – Using things that you already have on hand like old blankets, sheets, or landscape fabric can also be used to protect sensitive plants. The advantage of this is that air is trapped in the fibers and provides better insulation so plants are less likely to be damaged. If rain is on the forecast, this can weigh down the fabric and potentially cause damage, you can prevent this by using stakes to hold the fabrics up or removing beforehand.
Any material used should go down to the ground and held by rocks, pots, etc. The heat from the earth is what helps protect your plants. You may also layer materials for extra protection during particularly cold days and nights.
There are many reasons you may want to move a plant that is in you yard. Perhaps it needs more sun, or the opposite, needs more shade. Maybe you are tired of trimming the Viburnum your builder put next to your window and you rather have it in the backyard where it can grow and give you some privacy. No matter the reason, there are a few simple tricks to help ensure your plant thrives in years to come.
- Water the day before you plan on transplanting. This will make sure the plant is hydrated before the stress, that the roots will adhere to the soil, and will make it easier to dig!
- Dig the hole in the spot where you wish your plan to be moved to, making sure it is at least double the size of the existing root system. This will allow the roots to move easily through the loosened soil and have an easier time establishing.
- Push your shovel into the ground around the entire plant’s root system and gently lift it out of the soil, trying to preserve as much of the roots as possible. Never leave the root system exposed for too long as the sun, wind, and heat can cause damage quickly.
- Place the plant in the hole. The soil level of the plant should be slightly higher than the ground level. Planting the tree or shrub to low in the ground is one of the main causes of root rot and disease.
- Water daily (unless there is rain) to ensure a successful transplant!
- Use the right fertilizer. Many plants (especially palms) benefit from having the correct blend of nutrients & micro-nutrients. A blend high in nitrogen might cause your plant to have beautiful green bushy growth, but may not help with blooms and fruiting if that is what you are looking to encourage.
- Quick tip! How the numbers effect plants here.
- Know when to apply. We recommend fertilizing three times a year, March June and September.
- Use the correct amount. *When it comes to fertilizer, more is not better.* You can overload the plant and cause it to go into shock which will negatively effect it’s look and growth.
- Respect wildlife. No fertilizer should be applied within 10 ft of a wetland, water body, or sea wall. The chemicals can have negative effects to the critters nearby.
- Try composting. Some of the best fertilizer you can use comes from your own household! Add things like banana peels, coffee grounds, potato skins, and more to a dirt pile in the backyard to start a compost pile.
- Slow release or water soluble? Slow release fertilizers benefit your plant for a longer period of time. Water soluble or fast acting fertilizers may give your plants a quick burst of energy, but need to be applied more frequently.
Have more questions on fertilization? Ask your local sales associate!
1. Choose the right plants.
We always promote using the right plant for the right place. Using Florida friendly plants is always important, but even more so when it comes to storm season. See a list of trees here that are deemed appopropriate and somewhat hurricane resistant by the University of Florida.
2. Inspect your trees and shrubs.
Cut off any dead limbs or branches. If you have dead trees, get these removed before storm season so they do not fall. Do not remove healthy material from the trees & shrubs and keep wounds to a minimum.
3. Clear drainage areas.
Remove debris from storm drains. If it is blocked and water cannot flow through, worse flooding may occur.
Remove decorative materials, pots, and hanging baskets.
Make sure irrigation is turned off during hurricane waters.
6. Tie down.
Secure any lawn furniture or other items outside that may get blown during high winds.
7. Stay informed, stay safe.
Make sure you are listening to reliable information, have a plan to evacuate if mandatory, and keep you and your family safe.
Love gardening but hate the heat? Take a break from your landscape and take the time to focus on adding complimentary pieces to your home. Nothing makes a home like some nice greenery!
Plant choices will depend on the type of light you have in your rooms and how much maintenance you are willing to give.
Pictured on the left are Mona Lavender plants, which do great in a bright window, or outside in the shade. They require regular watering, and do best with fertilization three times a year. These plants have dark green foliage with a purple underside, and lavender colored blossoms through the spring and summer. Note how the contrast of burnt orange pots really makes the purple pop! Finding the right pot for your home is just as much fun as finding the right plant to go in it!
Pothos make a great addition as a hanging plant. These low maintenance plants enjoy a wide range of environments. They can be grown in low light or direct light, can be planted in soil or in a vase with water.
These plants are easily rooted by cuttings. If your pothos plant is variegated especially with white or cream colored variegations as pictured on the right, they will do better in a brightly lit space because the green areas are what create energy for the plant. If it is not getting enough light, the plant will most likely revert back to a fully green leaf.
Sanseveria which has few different names like ‘Snake Plant’ or ‘Mother-in-Law’s Tongue” is a very low maintenance plant with numerous different varieties. Place it in bright or low light, and no need to water frequently.
A very popular choice, but one that may require a little more maintenance is the fiddle leaf fig. These large-leaved specimens love a sunny window and regular watering. They bring interest and height to any home.
Ferns add texture to rooms with bright light. They typically like to stay moist so may require watering every week.
Succulents are great for a small space as they don’t take up much room as a table centerpiece or in a small pot on a windowsill.
Lay sod within 24-48 hours of delivery for highest chance of survival.
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Aloe plants can be grown indoors or outside. They are very low maintenance, requiring little care and water. Place in a bright light room, full sun or part shade area, and reap the benefits of this awesome plant!
1.Antioxidant & Antibacterial – The compounds found in aloe vera gel inhibit the growth of certain bacteria that can cause infections in humans. This is why it can be used to help heal wounds, reduces redness, itching, and skin problems.
2.Oral Hygeine – Rinsing with aloe vera gel is just as effective as standard mouthwash with helping to reduce plaque. See study here.
3.Anti Aging – Consuming the aloe vera gel can increase collagen production and improve skin elasticity, preventing wrinkles. It also helps skin to retain it’s moisture!
4.Regularity – Aloe vera may also help treat constipation. This time it is the latex, not the gel, that provides the benefits. The latex is a sticky yellow residue present just under the skin of the leaf. The key compound responsible for this effect is called aloin, or barbaloin, which has well-established laxative effects.
5.Make your own hand sanitizer – Can be a base to create your own hand sanitizer!
- ⅔ Cup 99% Rubbing Alcohol
- ⅓ Cup Aloe Vera Gel
- Essential Oils Of Your Choice