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                                                            Color For Summer

                                                            By Gustavo Asp, President, Magland Landscape

	 Before you start                                          landscape. Some plants bloom in winter or early spring       in beds, borders or containers. These flowers are great
contemplating your garden                                   while others may last far into fall. Midwinter does not      perennials for central and south Florida. Purchase this flower
plan, it is essential to have                               offer many flowering plants however, a beautiful succulent   at any garden center and make sure to plant it in a partially
an understanding of the                                     or hedge can break up the dormant gray. Hellebores are       shady area. Crossandras can take up to four hours of direct
difference between annual                                   very popular winter perennials; they are easy maintenance    sun a day.
and perennial plants and                                    and colorful blooms during the gloomiest time of the         	 Pentas: This flower,
how they behave throughout                                  year. To keep color in your landscape throughout the year    also called “Egyptian star
the seasons.                                                especially in autumn when summer annuals have run their      cluster,” blooms year-round
	 An annual is a plant that                                 course and it’s too early for winter annuals have some       and is a perfect choice for
lives for just one season,                                  perennials in the garden.                                    south Florida gardening.
it will sprout, flower, seed                                	 Begonias: The three                                        Available in colors, varying
and die all in the same year.                               most popular types of                                        from red and pink to purple
	 A perennial is a plant that lives for more than two       garden begonias are the                                      and lavender. The nectar-
years. Landscapes with summer perennials are filled with    rhizomatous, commonly                                        rich flowers grow in clusters
a vibrant arrangement of colorful flowers. However, many    called Rex begonias; and                                     over a long blooming season
gardens start to lose their vibrancy as the summer months   the old-fashioned wax                                        in the vibrant red, pink and purple shades that act as a
start to fade away. As the summer comes to an end, so       which are known as fibrous                                   butterfly beacon and bees in the springtime.
do the beautiful flowers. The weather cools and seasons     rooted. The bloom of pink                                    	 Florida Sweethearts:
change, but there are a variety of beautiful late-blooming  and white begonias is a Begonia odorata                      Florida Sweethearts are
summer perennials to help keep summer gardens vibrant.      traditional sign that spring                                 also called “angel wings”
Late-blooming summer perennials help keep your summer       has arrived in other parts                                   and “elephant ears.” The
gardens looking their best throughout the entire season.    of the country. Here in                                      interiors of the large leaves
                                                            Florida, beautiful begonias                                  bloom a colorful pink.
Pentas                          Coleous                     are a gardener’s friend year-                                These are a summer favorite
                                                            round. Low maintenance,                                      in central and south Florida.
African bush daisy              Vincas                      these flowers are easy to                                    The luscious leaves can get
                                                            enjoy; you plant them and                                    large, this plant takes up one square foot by itself when
	 Color in your garden can start from early spring          they will bloom! Begonias                                    you plant it. They are available in pink, white, variegated
until late fall. By cautiously planning and diversifying    love water and fertilizer so Angel wing begonia              and hot pink.
flowering plants to create an appealing blend of colors     be sure to give it acceptable                                	 Golden Shrimp Plants:
throughout the seasons you may avoid a dormant gray         amounts of both. Want to feature begonias in your window     This is a perfect plant for
                                                            box? They will bloom almost anywhere you put them. Put       landscaping. This shrub
                                                            them in a lightly shaded area if possible.                   grows to a height of 3
                                                            	 A well-designed garden should include plants rated for     to 4 feet, and it features
                                                            their remarkable foliage, as well as some that produce fall  white flowers that bloom
                                                            color and others that provide good structure in winter. The  on top. This plant is ideal
                                                            temperatures are warming up and it will soon officially      for Florida’s summer rainy
                                                            be summer. Late blooming                                     season. Flowerings will be
                                                            summer perennials make a                                     in bloom all the way through September.
                                                            garden swirl out blooms for                                  	 If you are considering changes to your landscape for
                                                            weeks on end in summer.                                      summer, you can do one bed at a time or change entire
                                                            	 To r e n i a / w i s h b o n e                             spaces. Please contact me to help you and guide you in
                                                            flower is a small, bushy                                     your next gardening project. There are lots of options out
                                                            annual that is especially                                    there, it’s just a matter of finding the right one for each
                                                            valuable because it blooms                                   space. Call (561)  745-6756 or email us at y.munoz@
                                                            abundantly in shady                                
                                                            conditions. The species has lilac-blue flowers with deep
                                                            purple lower lips and a yellow-blotched throat.              Magland Team, Magland Landscape
                                                            	 Cultivars are available in many colors including pink,
                                                            rose, white, and burgundy.
                                                            	 Crossandra “Orange
                                                            Marmalade:” Add tropical
                                                            flair with long-lasting blooms
                                                            on a plant that thrives with
                                                            heat and humidity. Large
                                                            clusters of frilly, bright
                                                            orange flowers shine against
                                                            glossy green foliage. Outstanding disease and insect
                                                            resistance means great garden performance; beautiful

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