Having an eye-catching landscape in your yard is something we all want. Having a beautiful garden with nice plants, a classy, yet modern patio just makes the whole picture of our home simply more perfect. But we all know, landscape plants in south Florida need to be taken care of, like all other flowers. To achieve that wonderful harmony when it comes to looks, we also have to keep an eye out for the best garden paving stone ideas and trends not to mention garden paving bricks. We also have to get a little more familiar with gardening. We have to know which plants are low maintenance and which require more care than others.
If you aren’t really into gardening, or just starting out, maybe low maintenance plants are your best option to kick start your project. The above-described group of plants does not require frequent care, such as regular watering, pruning or spraying. In Miami, or in south Florida these plants are fairly popular, because they tolerate poor, alkaline, sand- or limestone-based soils.
But which are those plants we label as low maintenance? For example, you have your perennials. These are typically herbaceous plants that live three or more years and often bear attractive flowers. Good examples are the Aglaonema or the Scarlet milkweed.
There are also annuals. They usually live for one year or less. Most of these plans require moist soil, but some tolerate the weather in south Florida. Low maintenance annual plants include the Starflower and the French spinach.
The next category would be the different shrubs and hedges. Shrubs are woody plants with several stems. Hedges are simply a row of closely planted shrubs that form a border (these may even require some pruning to maintain their original form). The Shell ginger and the Marlberry are good examples of this category.
Next, we also have flowering and shade trees (like the Pineland acacia or the Black olive). Flowering trees are cultivated primarily for their flowers, while shade trees often lack the same.
A low maintenance plant garden could also include fruit trees that are typically grown for their fruit. These plants – like the Mango tree or the Spanish lime may require regular watering during fruit set to ensure a healthy and productive tree.
Palms, Cycads and palm-like plants can also be a part of a Miami garden. As we all know, palms are tropical and subtropical evergreens. Their stems are unbranched most of the time. They bear a single growing point and are topped by a crown of leaves. Not all of these plants could be labeled as low maintenance, but the Brahea, Coccothrinac, Livistona the Phonix and the Sabal require less care than others. Cycads are cone-bearing evergreen plants. A typical example, in this case would be the Enchepalartos gratus.
A low maintenance garden may also include vines – like the Beach bean and the Violet trumpet vine. These plants are weak-stemmed plants that climb, twine and creep along a given surface. Most of these species climb vertically, but some grow horizontally and can function as groundcovers. Although they require less care, some vine species have aggressive growing habits, so they need to be watched.
A lovely Miami garden may also have groundcovers. This is a diverse group of unrelated species that are used to cover areas of ground mainly for aesthetic reasons. Groundcovers can be vines or other plants, such as the Winter begonia.
Last, but not least, various herbs and vegetables can also create a visually appealing effect in any garden.
We can all agree, that putting the right plant in the right place is most important in creating an eye-catching, beautiful landscape. The main problem with this is that not all of us have the ability to accurately select the ‘right’ plant. Be sure to use scientific plant names whenever possible, since sometimes more than one plant species are referred to as by their similar common name.