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Feb 29, 2020 11:44 PM CST
Name: Davie "Dirty Nails" Robinson
Cape Coral, Florida Zone 10a (Zone 10a)
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Looking for "cottage look, perennial & annual platns that will do well in my zone 10a S.W. Fla. heat & humidity garden. As if that's not tough enough I have a mostly southern exposure with very little shade built in, located in front of house.& naturaly would like as easy care as possible.
from Z8 to Z10....need all the help I can get YIKES! learning to garden all over again
Mar 1, 2020 12:29 AM CST
Name: Becky
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)
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Zinnia, Cassia/senna bushes, dill, parsley, lavender, Black & Blue Salvia, Bird of Paradise, Plumbago, Blanket Flower, Russian Sage, Coneflower, Coreopsis, Asiatic lily, passiflora vines .... just to name a few,

Also, succulents such as sedum, flap jack (Kalanchoe), aloe, etc. do well year round.
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Mar 1, 2020 5:13 AM CST
Name: Big Bill
Livonia Michigan (Zone 6a)
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Good luck Dave! You are in for a "World of Heat!!" Heat like you can't imagine!
I spent 9 years recently from 2009-2018 at SW 10th Place in the Cape. And from my experiences there, it can be a struggle to grow much of anything! The sun from mid April through mid October is extremely intense! And I can't emphasize that too much.
I tried Coneflowers, they fried like sautéed onions in a pan!! Zinnias? Fry them too! Salvias ? Fried as well.

I would advise you to visit a place like Home Depot on Veterans and Skyline drive and just see what type of plant material they sell. Then plan accordingly! I found that from February through November, it was 88-94 for days on end. High humidity and searing sun! The sun was almost right overhead and very intense!! My last 3 years my front flower beds facing east became a succulent garden. I had lots of gravel and put in bromeliads and loads of other succulents and it was kind of cool! But Hurricane Irma made me realize that I needed to be closer to family.
Also, I can recommend Riverview Nursery in East Fort Myers, great advice, great plants. They will "shoot you the straight skinny!" on what you can grow there. Honestly.
Good luck!!!!
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Mar 1, 2020 7:29 AM CST
Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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Those cottage gardens would have included tropical plants... They certainly grew enough of them inside of their conservatories...

I think you are missing the boat if you don' t embrace the wonderful plants that the rest of us drool over.

Things like banana, ginger, turmeric, brugmansia avocado...

Also, lantana, salvia microphylla "hot lips"... To name a couple that thrive here...

Also... Tithonia, and what about climbers? Lima beans, other climbing beans, moonflower, cypress vine...
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