#1. I would like plants that can tolerate dry conditions, can you do that?
Most definitely, I highly recommend drought tolerant plantings to all my customers.    When I meet with my customer to walk through their yard and put together a plan for them, I will offer suggestions for them and guide them towards plants that can tolerate drought conditions.  As Southwest Florida’s growing population and water demands increase, there will be water rationing in the future and once-a-week watering will most likely be the rule.
#2. If I put in a drought tolerant landscape, can it still be colorful?
Yes.  Many plants that require little water are very colorful. For example, Crown of Thorns bloom red, white, salmon or pink nearly year-round, Crotons with their red, yellow, orange and purple variegated leaves offer do quite well on rationed water and variegated Dwarf Scheffelera happily show off their lemon-yellow leaves in dry conditions.
#3. Are there plants that do well in the shade in Southwest Florida?
Not a problem.  Ferns, Philodendrons, Dwarf Scheffelera, Crotons, Dracaenas, and a wide variety of palms can tolerate shade as well as sun. 
Yes, care should be taken about which plants are chosen for hot, sunny locations. Cat Palms, Variegated Ginger, Peace Lilies, Antherium, and Wart Ferns will sunburn like a northern tourist if planted in full sun. 
#4.  Are all Florida trees and plants easy to transplant?
Most of them are, but there are notable exceptions.  Silver Bismarck Palms, Chinese Fan Palms, Mangoes and Avocados are very difficult to move and often do not survive relocation.  Native Cocoplum bushes do not survive transplanting, nor do Surinam Cherry bushes.  With all trees and palms, root pruning is recommended six to eight weeks prior to transplanting if time allows.  Initial cutting of the surface roots prior to moving the tree or plant allows the roots to harden off and lessens shock when it is moved.



#5. Is sod a good landscape solution?

Not really.  Everyone loves a nice green lawn, of course, but landscaping with sod is expensive and requires more water and pesticides than any other landscape medium. Sod should be used sparingly and strategically, and ground covers should be substituted wherever possible.


#6. Will future water restrictions affect my landscape?

 Yes, unfortunately.  Over 60 percent of southwest Florida’s potable water is used for irrigation, and as our population grows, water for plants will have to take a back seat to household needs.  In the future once a week irrigation will be a fact of life, as it already is in many cities and towns around the country. Plan your landscape accordingly.  


#7. Is the blazing Florida sun too strong for many plants?

Without a doubt.  There are so many that do well in the sun.  There have been summers when we did not get much rain.  Did you notice how beautiful the Blue Plumbago,  Crown of Thorns and the Bougainvillea were?   And you could also use some Bromiliads.  This picture of the Jasmine is in full sun.  It is very happy.  You have many choices.  You need to do your homework, it’s not hard at all.





    We are very pleased with our landscape for our new home. Not only did you both make every effort to obtain the best specimens possible, but you took a lot of care to make sure they were cared for and planted well. And..it was a pleasure to work with both of you and your team.
    Thank you so much.
    Tanya and Dennis Glass

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