Answer: Welcome to your new home! You do have some adjustments ahead of you--you may need to forget a lot of what you remember from gardening in Pennsylvania, and keep you mind wide open. Fortunately, there are lots of great guides right at your fingertips (don't you love the World Wide Web?). At this link, you'll find a bulleting on Annual Flowers for Florida, which covers all the basics, plus a chart for choosing the right annuals for Florida's seasons: copy this URL to your browser:
Since you're living on a limestone ridge, your simplest solution is to grow your annuals in containers and/or raised beds. There may be a drainage problem, so before you install beds, have a professional give you some advice on drainage patterns on the property. If you need to make adjustments to install beds, then you may be better off with large containers. Fortunately, your jasmine will do fine in a container. You can train it to climb a pillar or a trellis. It will bloom best in full sun, but tolerates light shade. Use a standard potting mix and a container that drains freely. Keep the soil in the container moist.
There are a lot more great resources at the FloridaPlant.com site: http://www.floridaplants.com/
I hope this gets you started. Enjoy your new garden adventure!
Check in every couple of weeks to read National Gardening's Regional Report for the Tropical South at http://www.garden.org/regional/report.taf?regionid=12. This will help you get into the rhythms of gardening in your new home.
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