Florida Gardening forum: August & September blooms for north Fl.

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 11, 2014 12:10 PM CST
I have sun, sun, sun & need xeri plants. What blooms up here in the latter part of July, in Aug., & Sept.? I have daylilys but they are pretty much done with. Asiatic lilys are done. What perennials can I get to keep some color going until fall?
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Name: Tara
NE, Florida (Zone 9a)
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terrafirma
Jul 11, 2014 12:54 PM CST
Echinacea holds up pretty well for me in the hot,humid summer.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 11, 2014 5:39 PM CST
I have some Tara & I love it but it seems to struggle starting about now, then will perk up in mid September. It has plenty of drainage & gets full sun. Not overwatered. Confused Confused
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 11, 2014 8:04 PM CST
Get some gingers and cannas, Ann. They're just starting to come into their own about now, love the heat and rain, and will keep going (if you can keep watering them) well into the fall.

A thick mulch will hold most of them through the winter if you don't want to lift them.

This Hedychium 'Dr. Moy' is just about my favorite plant in the garden. No pests, comes back and multiplies every year, blooms for months, smells divine. The pretty variegated foliage is a bonus. It does like a little bit of shade in the afternoon, but other than that, no fuss. Cannas are a bit more trouble, get rusty fungus and need more fert and water, but equally great at flowering through the heat of summer.

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Btw, I had Echinacea planted around my mailbox and the ones in full sun sat and pouted while the ones on the east side of the little pygmy date palm that just got morning sun did great. I think that's one of those plants that says "full sun" that really means "full sun but not in Florida". Lots of plants including my landscape roses are like that. Love some shade through mid-day in the summer.

Elaine

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Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 11, 2014 9:04 PM CST
That's my big problem --- no shade. Going to have to grow some trees near the house to get shade. It's a riot; we have sooooo many trees on this property but not a one casts shade on the house area. I love gingers & have had them before but I know they want water & some shade. I have shade a good distance from the house but then there's the problem of water. And so it goes. Guess I'll just have to free sow some vinca seeds.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 11, 2014 9:24 PM CST
East side of the house? Then the house would shade them in the afternoons . .. they might even get runoff from the roof, too.

How about a pergola and a fast-growing vine like a passionvine or Sky vine? That would give you fast shade without too much fuss and bother while you wait for the new trees to grow. Think about how much you'll save on your a/c bill once you get some shade around that house!
Elaine

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Name: David Paul
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DavidofDeLand
Jul 12, 2014 4:02 PM CST
Not really North Florida but watching!
Thumbs up I tip my hat to you.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 12, 2014 5:27 PM CST
The east side of the house is not shaded except for the very last couple hours before dusk. The house sits at the weirdest angle for dealing with sun. Really, really hard to describe but no shade anywhere except some for the last couple hours & smack up against the house & guess what the former owners put ALL around the house? Hedges! We can't dig them out. Actually the hedges shade the house better than anything else. It was cloudy today or I was going to take some photos so you could get an idea. Will see about tomorrow.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Jean
Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9a)
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qwilter
Jul 15, 2014 1:38 PM CST
I get practically full sun in my yard. I do not put any supplemental water in most of the planting beds. All of these grow & bloom like crazy when it is HOT out.... I toss out Miracle Grow every few months. I do augment the holes when I 1st put the plants in.
Native milk weeds (darn I had just harvested some seeds when the rain forced me inside)
TX Star hibiscus
Turks Cap Hibiscus
Red pagoda
Amarynth
4 O'clocks
Lantana (bee & hummingbird magnet)
Bleeding Heart Vine
Bottlebrush
Mexican Flame Vine (won't even bloom till it is hot out)
Dwarf Poinciena

You can come over with a shovel & pots & help yourself to all my volunteers!!!





Blessed are the Quilters for they are the Piecemakers.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 15, 2014 1:47 PM CST
Jean, thank you so much for the list! I did not know Red Pagoda would survive winters here, nor the Turk's Cap Hibiscus OR the Dwarf Poinciana. Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray! Hurray!


A friend is sending me some seeds for the eye popping hot pink 4 o'clocks & I'm fixing to make a seed order soon.

Thanks again Jean. I tip my hat to you.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Jean
Fleming Island, FL (Zone 9a)
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qwilter
Jul 15, 2014 2:50 PM CST
I can send you some Dwarf P seeds. Everyone I planted this Spring produces a plant. But I forgot they were in the GH & we had 2 really warm days & the poor babies cooked, These all do die back in winter but pop back once it warms up. My red Turks Cap has just started blooming & the pink won't start till Aug.

Also good ol Salvia & shrimp plant. Some of mine bloomed all thru last winter.

Like I said, grab your shovel, come on over & start digging!!!!!

Blessed are the Quilters for they are the Piecemakers.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 15, 2014 5:04 PM CST
Sending you a Tmail. Smiling
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jul 27, 2014 11:13 AM CST
I'm not in FL but our climates are similar, zone 9a. I find the salvias, of which there are many, do well in full sun, humidity and heat. They come in all sizes, shapes and colors and they are pretty drought tolerant. A very tropical looking one that blooms in the fall and winter for me is Salvia involucrata or the rosebud sage. The flowers are large and hot pink. The dwarf crape myrtles, the ones that stay under 2', also thrive in sun; depending on our winters, these may or may not lose their leaves. The acalyphas love sun as do the crotons. I always tell people to drive around their community and see what is blooming.
Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: Ann ~Heat zn 9, Sunset
North Fl. (Zone 8b)
Garden Sages Native Plants and Wildflowers Xeriscape Organic Gardener I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database! Garden Ideas: Master Level
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flaflwrgrl
Jul 27, 2014 11:38 AM CST
Thanks Alice. Well, my salvia hangs in there but is not very robust -- the one in a pot does better & gets some shade. I will try the rosebud you mention though. Thumbs up
Crepe myrtles here in zone 8 always loose their leaves but the dwarfs are certainly a consideration.
It is too cold here however, for the acalyphas & crotons; they will freeze.
I am a strong believer in the simple fact is that what matters in this life is how we treat others. I think that's what living is all about. Not what I've done in my life but how I've treated others.
~~ Sharon Brown ~~



Name: Elaine
South Sarasota, Florida (Zone 9b)
The one constant in life is change
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dyzzypyxxy
Jul 27, 2014 11:44 AM CST
Hi Alice! You are always welcome on the Florida forum, your garden is such a delight and it really could be in Florida. I've missed seeing your wonderful pictures.

The Tropicals forum has been pretty lively lately, too. Any new begonias to show us? They aren't any good for Ann's full sun, fall blooming needs, but some day she's going to have some shade near her house, and we can shower her with beautiful begonia cuttings.
Elaine

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Name: Alice
Saint Helena Island, SC (Zone 9a)
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ardesia
Jul 27, 2014 1:02 PM CST
Hi Elaine, Your pictures, as usual, are beautiful, the garden is really coming into its own. My garden has been the pits this year. The nasty winter killed everything to the roots and things have been so slow coming back. I am still finding things that should have been up and blooming for months just popping up now in late July. The begonias actually made a great comeback, I was so surprised, but then the deer wiped them out, the sprays do not seem to work anymore. I have some young ones in pots that I will baby through next winter and see what happens. I had protected a few small broms but all the big ones in the trees froze.

The hummingbirds always appreciate my old stand by the Bouvardia ternifolia, it never fails to perform and never cares how cold it gets. It does best for me in a container up on the deck in the full sun and wind.

This water lily, Perry's Fire Opal, had not bloomed in two years. I was about to toss it when it decided to flower this week. The color is a bit paler than it should be but maybe it is the first flower of the season thing.


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Minds are like parachutes; they work better when they are open.
Name: David Paul
(Zone 9b)
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DavidofDeLand
Jul 27, 2014 1:45 PM CST
Elaine can grow things in South Florida and through the Winters that none of us in Central and especially North Florida can. Lucky Gal.
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That Thumbs up Lily was worth the effort alice!

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