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Native Garden

 The front of my Florida home gets full sun. It's been a struggle to find anything that will grow there. I have tried for 12 years now, making annual trips to the box store garden centers and local nurseries. I buy plants that are labeled for full sun but few have made it through a Florida summer.

Mexican petunias have survived quite well. 

Anything else, not so much.

This year I read about a place in Sarasota -- Florida Native Plants Nursery. Don and I took the ride to check it out. I wish I had heard about this place a long time ago! Sophie, the nursery manager, could not have been more knowledgeable and helpful.

Here is what we bought:

yellow sundrops

and white

native sage

I have full planting and care instructions. I won't have time to plant today but I look forward to getting my hands dirty in a day or two. We just might attract butterflies and hummingbirds.

Hope springs eternal!


  1. Nice! The colors are so pretty and with native plants, you're almost certain to be successful.
    Please do post another photo when they're planted - we've got snow and cold and I appreciate living vicariously through those who live in a warmer climates. :)

  2. Good idea to find out what is native to Fl. Love your choices

  3. Good luck. Butterflies and hummingbirds would be cool!

  4. Good luck with your planting, and your plants. We have the opposite problem, lack of sun.

  5. Good luck! My garden happily sleeps. I've had to rejig it, as a tree died and the garden is much hotter than before!

  6. I've had the same issue since moving south. This place you went to sounds perfect!

  7. Those would be pretty additions to your garden. I hope they are easy to nurture.


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