New to Florida - Knowledgebase Question

Zephyrhills, Fl
Question by joanalbertso
August 13, 2010
We just moved to Florida just ouside of Tampa and our new house has no sun in the front at all. We have a garden in the front that we would like to replant but I have no idea what would work in shade and high humidity. Thank you


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Answer from NGA
August 13, 2010

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Lots of plants will grow in shady conditions in your Florida garden. Here is a short list:
Aglaonema; Small, herbaceous perennial with fleshy stems, branching from the base, and slender-stalked leaves up to about 12 in long. Flowering stems have narrow, pale green spathe enclosing small white spadix. Other Aglaonema also drought tolerant.

Scarlet milkweed; Erect, evergreen, perennial with narrow, elliptical leaves and terminal clusters of scarlet and orange flowers?spring to fall. Attracts butterflies. Can tolerate wet soil.

Butterfly weed; Native perennial with orange, summertime flowers. Essential component of a butterfly garden. Attracts butterflies and hummingbirds.

Cast iron plant; Grown for its deep green foliage. Named for its ability to tolerate harsh, adverse conditions. Spreads to form clumps. Excellent for shady areas.

Star begonia, winter begonia; Rhizomatous (spreads by rhizomes) begonia with large, hairy, deeply lobed, toothed, bronzy green leaves and fragrant, white to pink flowers on long, reddish stalks.

White begonia; Rhizomatous begonia with huge, round, dark glossy green leaves to 2? wide and large white, fragrant flowers held in large panicles well above foliage.

Castor bean begonia; Rhizomatous begonia with apple green leaves shaped like stars and with rings of red hairs around leaf petioles. Winter blooms are deep pink.

Strawflower; Annual or short-lived perennial with erect habit. Weak, hollow stems. Thin green leaves bear golden yellow blooms up to 2? in diameter at branch tips?summer to early fall. Good groundcover or small shrub.

Spiral ginger; Tall spiral ginger with attractive roundish jade green leaves with fuzzy underside, and long, hard, waxy 8" to 12" red bracts with small, yellow flowers that peek out as bracts open from bottom up. Long lasting flower; excellent cut flower.

Crossandra; Simple leaves arranged in opposite pairs and bearing erect spikes of showy yellow to red flowers, with petals opened flat into a hand-like shape.

Shrimp plant; Perennial or shrub with stems topped with 6? spikes of red, rusty brown, yellow, or green brachts containing small, white, shrimp-like flowers. Unique, adaptable, easily grown plant. Also known as Beloperone guttata.

Others to consider:
Acanthus mollis (bear's breech), Aechmea distichantha (Brazilian vaseplant), Ajuga reptans (carpet bugleweed) Alocasia macrorrhiza (giant taro), Alpinia zerumbet (variegated shell ginger), Alstroemeria psittacina (parrotlily), Aquilegia canadensis (wild columbine), Aristea ecklonii (blue flies), Aspidistra elatior (iron plant ), Asplenium nidus (bird's nest fern ), Caladium bicolor (caladium), Canna X generalis (canna), Chlorophytum comosum ( spider plant), Coleus x hybridus (Flame Nettle), Crinum asiaticum (grand crinum lily), Cyrtomium falcatum (holly fern), Elettaria cardamomum (cardamom ), Farfugium japonicum (leopard plant), Globba winitii (dancing ladies ginger), Hedychium coronarium (ginger lily) Helleborus orientalis (lenten rose), Hosta, Kaempferia laotica peacock ginger), Liriope muscari (liriope), Lycoris squamigera (surprise lily), Mitchella repens (partridge berry), Monstera deliciosa, Muscari spp. (grape hyacinth), Nephrolepis exaltata (sword fern), Ophiopogon japonicus (mondo grass), Oxalis latifolia (broadleaf woodsorrel), Pentas lanceolata (pentas), Peperomia obtusifolia (blunt-leaved peperomia), Phaius tankervilliae (nun orchid), Philodendron bipinnatifidum (cut-leaf philodendron), Primula vulgaris (primrose), Spigelia marilandica (Indian pink), Strelitzia reginae (bird-of-paradise), Trillium underwoodii (purple toadshade), Vinca minor (common periwinkle), Viola sororia (violet), Zamia pumila (coontie), Zephyranthes grandiflora (rain lily), and Zingiber zerumbet (pinecone ginger).

Best wishes with your landscape.

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