GINGERS

OFTEN ASKED QUESTION IS WHAT CAN ONE PLANT IN SHADE THAT IS PRETTY AND FLOWERS. HAVE YOU THOUGHT ABOUT GINGERS?  SO MANY VARIETIES AND SIZES WITH DIFFERENT BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND SOME WITH FRAGRANCE.  YES, THEY DO GO DORMANT IN WINTER, BUT JUST THINK OF HOW MUCH YOU WILL ENJOY THEM DURING SPRING, SUMMER, AND FALL.  MIX THEM WITH YOUR HOSTAS AND YOUR FERNS AND YOU WILL HAVE A SPECTACULAR DISPLAY.  ONE CANNOT HAVE ENOUGH GINGERS IN THEIR SHADE GARDEN.  FOLLOWING ARE A FEW OF THE VARIETIES AVAILABLE.

ginger pics for dg-ginger raven bloom3 weblgEarly spring I was walking by one of the sheds at the edge of the nursery and noticed these beautiful orchid-like flowers.  I had forgotten that we planted a Raven Ginger there.  This beautiful ginger flowers first and then gets its leaves.  What a beautiful start to Spring!

gingerKaempferiaRaven@ weblgLeafed out Raven Ginger

ginger jewel of thailand2 weblgJewel of Thailand is blooming right now.

ginger pics for dg-ginger peach butterfly weblgOne of the fragrant Butterfly Gingers

ginger blue2 weblgBlue Ginger is not a true ginger,really a member of the Wandering Jew family.  The vibrant flowers in late summer, fall are a striking addition to your garden.

ginger pics for dg-ginger var spiral weblgThe Variegated Spiral Ginger has spiral stems with attractive variegated leaves and flowers which appear from terminal cone.

ginger pics for dg-shell ginger5 weblgThe Variegated Shell Ginger has gold striped leaves and yellow and red terminal flowers emerging from bracts, makes a very attractive addition to any garden.

gingerpics for dg-ginger white butterfly weblgThe butterfly-shaped white flowers on the Butterfly Ginger are fragrant.

 

HOSTA (PLANTAIN LILY)

host grouping1 weblgWHAT, HOSTAS IN FLORIDA?!

YES, you can grow the right hostas for Florida!  We have several different varieties which grow very well here.  All have fragrant flowers in pale lavender or white.  This is a small grouping of few hosta in bloom.

Following are a few pictures of some of the varieties available at Taylor Gardens Nursery.

hosta double up7 weblgPlantaginea Doubled-Up has white fragrant flowers, grown in shade

hosta1Plantaginea Aphrodite. Fragrant, double white flowers grown in shade

hosta fragrant dream1 weblgFragrant Dreams is a beautiful variegated variety with fragrant pale lavender flowers grown in shade.

hosta guacamole2 weblgGuacamole has chartreuse-gold foliage with green edge, large fragrant pale lavender flowers. Grow in shade.

hosta stained glass grouping weblgA grouping of Stained Glass hosta.  Beautiful foliage, fragrant pale lavender flowers.  Grow in shade

hosta mohito1 weblgMojito is a large hosta with shiny and smooth emerald green foliage and large pale lavender fragrant flowers.  Grow in shade.

BUT, YOU SAY, I DO NOT HAVE ANY SHADE.  NO PROBLEM, WE HAVE A HOSTA FOR THE SUN.  YES, THAT IS RIGHT, A HOSTA THAT GROWS IN SUN AND HERE IT IS.

sun hosta weblgsun hosta flower weblgSunhosta is a dwarf variety with variegated foliage and pale lavender fragrant flowers. Drought and heat tolerant.  Can be grown in sun or part shade.  Long blooming.

FLORIDA NATIVE SHRUBS,TREES & VINES

azalea -pinxter4 web smBeautiful Florida native Azalea, has fragrant pink tubular flowers in spring.  It is a slower growing, deciduous shrub,can get 10+ ft tall, grows in part shade to shade.  Needs acid soil.  A butterfly attractor for the early butterflies

florida azalea weblgThe Florida Flame Azalea has fragrant flowers ranging from yellow to orange or gold.  Same information as above

azalea-florida3 web smAnother beautiful color of the Florida Flame Azalea

oak leaf hydrangea 1 smOak Leaf Hydrangea is a shade to part shade shrub which can grow to 6+ ft.  It blooms masses of white flowers late spring and early summer and has spectacular fall colors.  Prefers rich, acid soils but will adapts to drier.  Flowers turn pinkish to bronze as they age. Can be used as cut flowers

red anise flower web smA beautiful, shade loving, evergreen shrub.  The Florida Anise blooms in spring, flowers are deep red with ribbonlike petals, brownish, star-shaped capsule in late summer and fall.  Leaves are fragrant. Prefers moist, acid sandy soil.

palamedes on firebush web lgThe Firebush is a great hummingbird and butterfly attractant.  This perennial bush blooms
Spring, Summer, and Fall orange-red tubular flowers followed by black berries.  Has beautiful orangy foliage in the Fall, it is deciduous.  The firebush grows in full sun or part shade and once established is drought tolerant.

muhly in bloom web lgThe Muhly Grass is a drought tolerant, hardy, easy to grow grass, it grows 3-4 ft. tall in full sun or light shade. The blooms in late summer and fall are beautiful pink flowers floating above the foliage like cotton candy.

coral bean web lgThe Cherokee/Coral Bean is an excellent plant for naturalistic landscapes.  This drought tolerant shrub grows in sun to part shade, gets 3-4 ft. tall.  The beautiful red tubular flowers are a great attractant for hummingbirds and butterflies.  The flowers are followed by brown pods that split to expose several attractive red seeds. The plant is deciduous.

beach sunflower5 web smThe Beach/Dune Sunflower is a great ground cover for sunny to light shade areas, fast growing.  It blooms yellow daisy-like flowers spring, summer, and fall.

scarlet hib1 weblgScarlet Hibiscus has spectacular scarlet-red blooms in summer and fall which are very attractive to hummingbirds. This deciduous perennial is great for wet areas.

coral honeysuckle5 web lgThe Coral Honeysuckle is an excellent vine for trellises, arbors and fences.  The showy scarlet red to orange tubular and trumpet shaped flowers, blooming spring, summer and fall are very attractive to hummingbirds and butterflies.  A scarlet red berry appears in summer and fall.  This evergreen vine can be grown in sun to part shade.

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The Cross Vine can be used in naturalistic landscapes, excellent for covering fences.  Can be grown in sun to part shade, but blooms best in sun.  This evergreen vine blooms in spring and early summer yellow and orange trumpet-shaped flowers which are often visited by hummingbirds.

carolina jessamine3 web sm

Carolina Yellow Jessamine is a beautiful winter and spring blooming vine which is excellent for use on mailboxes, trellises, arbors or to hide chain-link fences and can be grown as ground cover.  The bright yellow trumpet shaped flowers are very fragrant.  It can be grown in sun to part shade.  This vine is evergreen.

chickasaw plum3 web smThe Chickasaw Plum is a multistemmed  shrub or very small tree which has a showy display of  masses of white flowers in the late winter, early spring, fruit follows.  Good for wildlife food and cover plus soil stabilization.  Best in naturalistic settings.

red buckeye web lgThe Red Buckeye is an excellent small tree or understory shrub, grows to 12-20ft.  The red tubular flowers are magnificent in early spring and are hummingbird and butterfly attractants.  The Buckeye blooms Feb-Apr.  It is deciduous, can grow in full sun to shade.

redbud7 web lgThe Redbud has a profusion of bright magenta to rosy-pink flowers Feb-Mar prior to the new leaves which are heart-shaped.  This attractive flowering tree is excellent as a small shade or specimen tree.  This deciduous tree gets to be 15-30ft tall.

A Collection of Beautiful Hibiscus

 

Great Rose Mallow (Hibiscus Grandiflorus)

The Great Rose Mallow (Hibiscus Grandiflorus) is a beautiful Florida Native Hibiscus, blooms in summer & fall, requires full sun, deciduous, very easy to grow.

Perennial, 6-8ft tall with 12″ light pink bloom.

pics for dg-donfederate rose16The Confederate Rose blooms summer and fall.  Flowers open white and fade into pink and then red.  This deciduous, hardy perennial  gets 8-15ft tall.

lord baltimore WEB LGThe Lord Baltimore Hibiscus has a large 10″ wide ruffled crimson-red flower.  Blooms from July until frost.  This perennial also tolerates moist soils.  Will grown in full sun to part shade.

hibiscus lady baltimore web lgThis striking Hibiscus “Lady Baltimore” has large delicate pink flowers with dark eye, blooms summer and fall.  This deciduous perennial is easy to grow in full sun to part shade.