Home+Garden: How Your Garden Grows

The dog days of summer can take a beating on Central Florida landscapes, but you can start planning now for ways to add a touch color to your yard, even during the hottest months. Here are 12 plant suggestions for showy blooms and/or colorful foliage.



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  1. BEGONIAS: Plant in an area that gets morning sun. Water regularly and pinch back plants to encourage new growth.
  2. PERIWINKLES: Plant in full sun and water only as needed. These heat-tolerant plants will provide lots of colorful blooms.
  3. GOLDEN SHRIMP PLANT: Plant in full sun or partial shade. This tropical perennial is easy to grow and flowers almost year-round.
  4. NEW GUINEA IMPATIENS: Plant in partial or full sun in well-draining soil once the weather is warm. Water and fertilize regularly.
  5. CANNA LILY: Plant in full sun once the weather is warm. Water and fertilize regularly. Possible pest: canna leaf roller.
  6. MARIGOLDS: Plant in full sun almost year-round. These cheery, easy-to-grow plants are also insect and disease resistant.
  7. GINGER: Plant in full sun to light shade; keep soil moist. Attracts bees, butterflies and birds; blooms are good for cutting.
  8. CALADIUMS: Plant in April or May in partial to full shade. Soil should be kept moist with good drainage. Fertilize regularly.
  9. COLEUS: Plant in partial to full shade with soil lightly moist. Keep plants from getting leggy by pinching off the tops.
  10. PENTAS: Plant in late spring in full sun. Pentas are a good source of food for butterflies and hummingbirds.
  11. CROTONS: Plant in full sun once the weather is warm. Water regularly; soil should provide  good drainage.
  12. TORENIA: Plant in partial to full shade in moist, well-draining soil. Fertilize regularly for long-lasting blooms.

For detailed information on how to prepare your soil, when to water, and how to manage unwanted pests, check out the University of Florida IFAS Extension website: gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/plants

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