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Plants Don’t Live Forever

A New Yorker cartoon shows a lady shopping a garden center bench for plants. She has three choices at three price points: annuals, $ 6; perennials, $ 10; eternals, $ 749.95. No matter what the cost, plants don’t live forever. And if they did, what would they cost? They’d probably cost more than $ 749.95. …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/08/18/plants-dont-live-forever/

Why Don’t My Plants Match?

Coontie (Zamia floridana) planted at the same time but growing at different rates. Photo: J_McConnell, UF/IFAS When designing landscapes, it is popular to create lines and masses of plants for high visual impacts. Plants are carefully selected to be similar in size and shape at the time of installation. They are all grouped together, so they …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/07/12/why-dont-my-plants-match/

Know How to Choose Florida-Friendly Plants

One of the main Florida-Friendly Landscaping principles is to plant the right plant in the right place. In Florida, not only does this apply to the zone you’re in, soils you have, and light conditions in your garden, but also ensuring that invasive, exotic plant species are not used. While most of us have heard …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2017/06/08/know-how-to-choose-florida-friendly-plants/

Discover the Beauty and Role of Native Aquatic Plants – in Your Own Pond

A stand of purple flowers called “False Dragon-Heads (Physostegia spp.) growing along the St. Marks River. They are behind a stand of pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) that has not yet bloomed.  Photo by Judy Biss This is the time of year when gardens burst forth with lush green growth and colorful flowers.  With a little planning …

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Discover the Beauty and Role of Native Aquatic Plants – in Your Own Pond

A stand of purple flowers called “False Dragon-Heads (Physostegia spp.) growing along the St. Marks River. They are behind a stand of pickerelweed (Pontederia cordata) that has not yet bloomed. This is the time of year when gardens burst forth with lush green growth and colorful flowers.  With a little planning and management, your backyard …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/04/08/discover-the-beauty-and-role-of-native-aquatic-plants-in-your-own-pond/

Northwest Florida–Where the Plants Eat Meat!

Among the most fascinating natural phenomena in our area are the presence of dozens of species of carnivorous, or meat-eating, plants. Found in bogs, meadows, and seepage slopes with mucky, acidic soils and low levels of nutrients, these plants have adapted to their difficult conditions by developing ways to digest insects.These carnivores are best known …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/29/northwest-florida-where-the-plants-eat-meat/

Native vs. Invasive Plants

  According to the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants, there are more than 4,200 plant species naturally occurring in the state.  Nearly 3,000 are considered native.  The Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) defines native plants as “those species occurring within the state boundaries prior to European contact, according to the best available scientific and historical …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/03/22/native-vs-invasive-plants/

Prepare Now to Protect Delicate Shrubs and Tropical Plants

North Florida’s gardeners are facing a new set of challenges dealing with the effects of cold weather. However, a little planning and creativity can make plant protection in the landscape a relatively simple process. Covering plants to protect from frost. UF/IFAS Photo: Sally Lanigan. Many homeowners and landscape managers want to know when plants will …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2016/01/21/prepare-now-to-protect-delicate-shrubs-and-tropical-plants/

Art and Plants Come Together at the “Art & Garden Fall Family Festival”

The University of Florida/IFAS presents Art & Garden Fall Family Festival, October 3, at the North Florida Research and Education Center (NFREC), Quincy Campus. Join us that day and discover creative ways to explore visual art and the art of gardening through demonstrations and fun activities for the whole family. Speak with experts about all …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/09/29/art-and-plants-come-together-at-the-art-garden-fall-family-festival/

A New Website For Selecting Plants to Enhance Ecosystem Services

Sunflowers are important sources of pollen, nectar, and alternative food for pollinators, beneficial insects, butterflies, and wildlife. Make sure your cultivar has pollen as some do not. Photo by Russ Mizell In a previous Panhandle Ag-e Newsletter article (Tools for Trapping Pests and Attracting Beneficial Insects), I described some new multifunctional tactics to monitor pests …

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Permanent link to this article: http://jackson.ifas.ufl.edu/newsletters/2015/05/15/a-new-website-for-selecting-plants-to-enhance-ecosystem-services/

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