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Question: what kind of perennials would grow around a tree in Florida. I need some color around the trees.

Answer: Here are a few suggestion: Shrimp plant (Justicia brandegeana) grows 3-5 inches in full sun then produces 6? spikes of red, rusty brown, yellow, or green brachts containing small, white, shrimp-like flowers. It is a unique, adaptable, easily grown plant. Moss rose (Portulaca grandiflora), grows 4-8 inches. This plant is small, low-growing succulent with small, lance-shaped, fleshy, bright green leaves on reddish stems. Yellow, pink, red, or orange flowers in summer; close at night and on cloudy days. Cheddar pinks are a good choice, as are Beach morning glory (Ipomoea pescaprae), Bugle weed (Ajuga reptans) or Creeping Charlie (Pilea nummulariifolia). Hope one of these suggestions works for you!

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