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What's the most popular focal point plants in TV?
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:01 AM
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Default What's the most popular focal point plants in TV?

I have a friend that recently built a new home. Trying to come up with some ideas for her.

Looking for low maintenance and looks good year round.

If you could provide a photo, that would be great!

She doesn't have irrigation nor does she plan too.

We are 45 min. North of TV and her lawn gets full sun.

Thanks for any feedback!
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Florida Friendly plants
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Old 08-04-2017, 03:42 PM
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Talking Florida Friendly plants

You can get all the information you need at this site. It has a number of clickable links. Since your friend has no irrigation, I particularly recommend the link on Florida Friendly Plants. These resist drought.

On the right side of the page are links to design and layout of yards.

My personal taste includes a few plants that promote the presence of Butterflies. I will link that information too.

Low-maintenance Landscaping - UF/IFAS Extension: Solutions for Your Life

Butterfly Plants List- Butterfly Flowers and Host Plant Ideas
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Old 08-04-2017, 05:11 PM
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The succulents come to mind. So many varieties starting with the blue agaves, the variegated greens and " century plants ". Little maintenance and they grow rapidly here, so leave lots of room. Ours are " mulched " with rocks, but if you stay ahead of Florida's weeds a bit of fertilizer will help them along. Beware though when walking by them with bare legs and attempting to transplant the " babies ". There are others without the spikes that are also impressive when confined.
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Old 08-05-2017, 08:21 AM
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Carl's links are a great place to start. Native plants are are good ideas!!!!!!

Consider that your friend's new home may be in a different growing zone than ours- she may be 9a- some plants that are hardy here may not be as hardy in her location. Her soil may be a little different as well.

Hopefully she will take some time to drive around and observe- see what consistently looks good in her local vicinity.
What grows well in areas that replicate the site she has?
Looking at established areas also provides an idea of how BIG a specimen can/will become at maturity and how far it spreads- always
VERY important, especially if maintenance is a concern.

I'd look at public planters, meridians, places in full sun without irrigation.

Some succulents work well, but surprisingly, some can not take full sun or temps below 40.
Prickly Pear Cactus would fill her requirements, but it's not very Floridian looking and not easy to groom if junk blows among it. It too, can get huge.

Plants that grow in the Mediterranean climate, such as bougainvillea, rosemary, lavender, olive, etc. may be possible, but there will be SOME maintenance/pruning required at some point.

If she truly wants no maintenance, maybe a couple of shade trees that will grow large (not Palms) a couple of large rocks artfully arranged and some pea gravel will fill the bill.
Let us know how it goes.

Just wanted to add:
Do please, make sure she is aware that no matter what she may plant, it will need to be watered regularly for the first few months or until it is established.

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Thanks everyone!

I'm not doing the install myself, just getting a few ideas for her if I could.

I've passed on some of the feedback to her. Thanks again!
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Old 08-07-2017, 07:25 PM
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Agree w/ Agave/Century plant suggestion. Yucca trees look great.. verig. soft tip if you can find one. Loquat grows like a native and provides great fruit after the huge flower clusters. Established Magnolias do not require irrigation. Deodora Cedar have great color and a weepy look. Torulosa Juniper gets a neat look. E. Palatka Holly is a good native choice.

I would need to see the surrounding landscape and your soil make up to give a more educated suggestion.

There are a LOT of landscapers that give free estimates. Let's see what they have to say?
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Love this one! Wish I had a sunny spot in my yard for it. I have 5 acres of shade. Love my oaks though!
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