Tag Archive: Color

Fall Color Without Harming the Habitat

As the trees begin to turn various shades of red, many people begin to inquire about the Popcorn trees.  While their autumn coloration is one of the reasons they were introduced to the Florida environment, it took years for us to realize what a menace Popcorn trees become.  Sapium sebiferum, the Chinese tallowtree or Popcorn …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/10/20/fall-color-without-harming-the-habitat/

Fall Color with Muhly Grass

As September rolls into October and we finally experience cooler temperatures, I always look forward to seeing one of my favorite native grasses in full bloom. Muhlenbergia capillaris, or Muhly grass, is an extremely versatile plant in the home landscape. It is both flood and drought tolerant and easy to maintain. A true local, it …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/23/fall-color-with-muhly-grass/

Annuals Provide Summer Color

  Verbena in full bloom. Image Credit: David W. Marshall, UF / IFAS Marigold As the weather warms and we approach the last expected frost date, it’s time to start planning our warm season annuals. Annuals are plants that complete their life cycle in one season.  In North Florida, we recognize two annual color seasons: Winter …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/03/10/annuals-provide-summer-color/

Camellias: Color Through the Cold

Camellias have been a part of the landscape in the Southeastern United States for over 200 years. They are native to Asia and were introduced near Charleston, South Carolina in 1786. The common name camellia refers to varieties and hybrids of Camellia japonica and to lesser known varieties of C. sasanqua and C. reticulata. The …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/12/02/camellias-color-through-the-cold/

Invasive or Just Great Fall Color

Fall color of Chinese tallow. Image credit UGA Extension Chinese tallow tree (Sapium sebiferum (L.) a  deciduous and very aggressive tree. Many people appreciate the fact that it grows fast, provides great shade, and has a beautiful reddish fall color. Despite it’s attributes, it is highly invasive and considered a noxious weed. It has spread to every coastal …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2014/10/08/invasive-or-just-great-fall-color/

Winter Annuals: A Fantastic Color Option

Delphiniums As the weather changes, so should your flower bed.  Annual flowers provide fantastic color to landscapes with months of flowers or attractive foliage, but the trade-off is that they give you all they’ve got over one growing season. There are two main groups of annuals, summer (warm season) and winter (cool season).  Summer annuals …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/18/winter-annuals-a-fantastic-color-option/

Trees for Fall Color

Florida maple beginning to exhibit fall color. Photo credit: Larry Williams Although Florida is not known for the brilliant fall color enjoyed by some of our northern neighbors, we do have a number of trees that provide some fall color for our North Florida landscapes.  Our native flowering dogwood consistently provides some change in color …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/18/trees-for-fall-color/

Fall Flower Color

Fall color in the Florida landscape may be a little different than more northern areas but it is just as dramatic with the right plant selections.  One of the favorite perennials that is in peak bloom right now is the Cassia or butterfly plant, Cassia bicapsularis.  Grown for its showy bright yellow flowers, this soft-wooded …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/11/11/fall-flower-color/

Crapemyrtle: For Summer Color in the Florida Panhandle

Crapemyrtle flowering has been spectacular this year! While most other garden plants droop from summer’s heat, humidity and heavy rains, crapemyrtle thrives and puts on an outstanding show of flowers all summer and fall. Thanks to modern breeders, there are all sizes of improved hybrid crapemyrtles with flower colors of lavender, purple, white, pink, or …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/30/crapemyrtle-for-summer-color-in-the-florida-panhandle/

Gaillardia pulchella for Summer Color

Gaillardia is a favorite one of many wildflowers throughout the United States.  It is a member of the Aster family, and is most commonly known as Indian Blanket or Blanket Flower.  Individual plants can reach up to 2 feet high.  They are heat and drought tolerant and, in Northwest Florida, flower from summer through fall. The entrance …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2013/07/22/gaillardia-pulchella-for-summer-color/

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