I am new to this site and although I have lived in Florida off and on for awhile I am still not as comfortable gardening here as I was up north! I miss my Hydrangeas, Hostas, Peonies, etc.!
I am finally at the point where I want to update my gardens around my house. I have several challenges - first one - I have two large dogs who run over anything that is delicate in their quest to hunt lizards
so anything I plant has to be fairly hardy! I also do not have a working sprinkler system and work very long shifts at the hospital so there will be many times when the plants will not get watered so drought resistant is key. I have a fondness for flowers and house already has some hibiscus that got frozen, two palm trees, 1 cardboard palm and tons of roebelenni's (not my favorite and there are LOTS).
I want a very tropical feel to the yard not northern and would like flowers frequently. I have some plumeria cuttings that have started to leaf, plan on some philodendron, some bananas and some bird of paradise. Any other suggestions?
I also have a narrow area by my front sidewalk that I would like something flowering but needs to be somewhat small and strong due to my furry friends - looking for suggestions and ideas on what to plant!