We’ve got a busy spring show season ahead – check out our Upcoming Events page to see what’s happening!
We’ll be re-opening the gates for spring on Thursday, February 5th at 9AM.
Our regular hours this year are Thursdays through Saturdays from 9AM – 4PM.
For questions, give us a call at 352-629-0980.
NOW FOR MY FAVORITE SUBJECT – BUTTERFLIES. THE MAGNIFICENT COLORS OF THEIR BEAUTIFUL WINGS AND PATTERNS CAN ONLY BE CREATED BY NATURE. WHAT IS A BUTTERFLY? IT IS AN INSECT WHICH DOES NOT BITE, CARRY DISEASE NOR DOES ANY HARM. THEY EFFECTIVELY POLLINATE THE BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS WE ENJOY IN OUR GARDENS.
FOLLOWING ARE ONLY A FEW PICTURES OF VARIOUS BUTTERFLIES WHICH BRING SO MUCH JOY AND BEAUTY INTO OUR LIVES.
Zebra Longwing is Florida’s State butterfly
Passion Vine, larval food for the Zebra Longwing and Gulf Fritillary butterflies. Note the Gulf Fritillary larva (caterpillar) on the passion vine.
Monarch butterfly larva on milkweed
Monarch butterfly emerging from chrysallis on giant milkweed
Monarch on Flowering Almond Bush
Queen butterfly on thistle
Pair of queen butterflies on blue porterweed
Sulphur caterpillar on Cassia Bush. The Cassia is the larval plant for the Sulphur butterfly
Sulphur butterfly on Firespike plant
Painted Lady on Liatris-do you think they like this plant!!!!
Ceraunus Blue is among the smallest butterflies
SWALLOWTAILS ARE AMONG THE MOST BEAUTIFUL OF FLORIDA’S BUTTERFLIES
Giant swallowtail on Queen’s Wreath
Underside of Giant Swallowtail’s wings, gathering nectar from a Flowering Almond Bush
Eastern Black Swallowtail
Polydamas Swallowtail (Goldrim), Florida’s only swallowtail that lacks tails
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail-female
Eastern Tiger Swallowtail – male
Black form of Eastern Tiger Swallowtail- female, getting nectar from Abelia bush
Zebra Swallowtail gathering nectar from a Chaste Tree(Vitex)
THERE ARE SO MANY BEAUTIFUL PLANTS FLOWERING RIGHT NOW - HERE ARE JUST A FEW! The Big leaf Princess Flower has royal blue flowers which appear in spectacular terminal inflorescence, has large, fuzzy leaves. Prefers dappled shade or morning sun at most, blooms summer, fall. Close up of Princess Flower The Dwarf Yellow Mussaenda is a great butterfly attractant. This beautiful shrub grows to about 3-4ft. The pale yellow bracts indicate where the next darker yellow fragrant star-shaped flowers will be. Flowers summer and fall and is deciduous. Tolerates sun or light shade The Kaleidoscope Abelia is one of the most colorful of the Abelia family. It has different foliage colors during the different seasons. The followers are lightly fragrant white during summer and fall. This shrub attracts a large array of butterflies. It gets 2-3ft high and 3-4ft wide. This is truly a plant for all seasons. Canyon Creek Abelia is another beautiful and colorful plant, gets about 5-6ft tall with arching branches. Tecoma Stans “Bells of Fire” attracts hummingbirds and butterflies. Loves the sun or part shade and blooms Spring, Summer, Fall Tecoma Stans “Lydia” is a good companion for the “Bells of Fire”. This also attracts butterflies and hummingbirds. Both shrubs are deciduous and like sun to light shade. The American Wisteria “Amethyst Falls” makes a beautiful Vine on a fence, arbor or trellis. It blooms more than once a year and is deciduous. Thryallis or Shower of Gold is a very long blooming shrub with cluster of yellow flowers, can be pruned to size. Close up of Thryallis cluster of flowers: “Red Cluster” bottlebrush is one of the best hummingbird attractants. This evergreen shrub gives color most of the season and prefers mostly sun. Great for screening or just on its own The dwarf bottlebrush is a striking addition to any sunny garden. It is very slow growing and can be kept very short. So, for those of you who like bottlebrush but do not want a tall, large shrub like the “Red Cluster” this is it. The Blue Butterfly Flower is a long bloomer and attracts many pollinators. This dual color shrub is very delicate looking but very hardy. A must-have in any butterfly garden. See the lovely bumblebee hard at work pollinating this beautiful shrub For attracting all kinds of pollinators the White Flowering Almond Bush cannot be beat. The white flowers are very fragrant. It can get to be a very large shrub, but can be contained by frequent pruning even during blooming.
Close up of White Flowering Almond Bush: Adding color, fragrance, butterflies and bees to your yard doesn’t have to be hard! Visit Taylor Gardens Nursery and we’ll help you find the easiest low maintenance plants for your fall project!
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.
Early 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!
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.
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.
Beautiful 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
Oak 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
A 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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 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.
The 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.
The 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.
The 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.
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.
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