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Question: I would like to thank Skip for his answer to my question about Florida soils and flowers. It sure has helped me out. I have another question about Florida flowers. Even though I am a native, I have always grown vegetables, so the flower growing is new to me. I like in a hammock and it is wet most of the time. I have a nice plot of land that is heavily covered with live oaks. The soil is rich, dark, and I'm sure acidy. I have been growing azaleas and new guinea impatiens. I would like to know what other blooming flower that might do well in this shady, tropical condition. Thanks again, Earl Blackwelder

Answer: Earl,

Thanks for the kind words! Most flowers like well drained soil so raised beds are likely to be a good idea whenever possible. Some good annuals for partial to full shade include coleus, crossandra, and begonia. Among the better perennial choices are Golden Shrimp Plant (Pachystachys lutea), Jacobinia (Justicia carnea), and various gingers including white butterfly ginger (Hedychium), peacock ginger (Kaempferia pulchra) and hidden ginger(Curcuma sp.).

For even more bloomin' ideas check out the following web sites by the Florida Extension Service:

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