11 May April Showers Bring Gifts From the Garden this May
Gifts From the Garden Month
Have you ever heard the saying “April showers bring May flowers”? Well, that is more than just a popularized bit of poetry. It, in fact, does hold significance in the manner in which nature blossoms during the Spring season. April is a notoriously rainy month across the United States, but all of that accumulated rainwater makes for some beautiful greenery in the month following. As we welcome the month of May, our team at Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service encourages you to embrace this Gifts From the Garden Month.
As a resident of the South Florida area, you are likely aware of the fact that the state of Florida does not truly experience all of the seasons you grew up reciting.
While other states up north may see the trees turn shades of orange and red in the Fall and watch as their driveways fill up with snow in the Winter, Floridians are used to fairly moderate weather all throughout the year with the occasional fluctuation in temperature.
Springtime, for us, is a much more subtle transition from Winter and can affect the kinds of flowers and plants that thrive in the climate. If you are searching for ways to spice up your lawn or revive your garden, it is important to be aware of the types of greenery that will best succeed in South Florida. Our warm Springs are the perfect temperament for certain families of flowers.
Best Spring Flowers
The first is the Crossandra “Orange Marmalade.” This variant is native to the Indian Subcontinent and does not fare well in cold temperatures. For that reason specifically, they make an excellent choice for homeowners in both South and Central Florida. Their rich, orange tones add beautiful texture to any yard or garden, giving visitors something colorful to enjoy.
One thing to keep in mind, however, is that these crossandras cannot typically withstand more than four hours of direct sunlight each day. It is best to find a shady area of your yard where the flowers will have plenty of opportunities to soak in some sun without being overheated.
Another favorite that you have likely spotted across your neighborhood is known as “Florida Sweethearts.” This plant is also known as “elephant ears” or “angel wings” thanks to their large leaves that display a lovely pink interior. They are a Florida favorite because they can only fully thrive when the ground is warmer than 70 degrees–not a difficult task for a South Florida lawn in the springtime.
This particular plant is definitely not winter-friendly for northern or even central Florida where chilly nights can drop to well below 70 degrees, but thanks to South Florida’s very mild climate you may be able to enjoy these beauties all year long with the proper care. Due to its enormous leaves, our experts recommend leaving about one square foot around the plant when first prepping. They can be planted on their own or make a gorgeous display when combined with other perennials.
Florida Native Flowering Plants
Our experts are always prepared to equip you with the knowledge you need to enjoy this Gifts From the Garden Month properly. Work with a team of experienced arborists you can rely on and contact Frank’s Lawn & Tree Service at (305) 233-9369 or click here to schedule your free estimate now!