HOL­I­DAY LAND­SCAPE TIPS

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HELLO

Greet vis­i­tors with an as­sort­ment of flow­ers and shrubs that say, “Happy Hol­i­days!” Low fenc­ing is an in­ex­pen­sive and smart de­vice for build­ing a wall of flow­ers, vines and hang­ing plants, ac­cord­ing to gar­den­ing ex­perts.

VINE TAST­ING

Vines are col­or­ful and, when tended care­fully, last for­ever. Grapes are the clas­sic vine fruit, but can be tough to grow in Florida. Mus­ca­dine grapes, how­ever, have grown in the Sun­shine State for sev­eral hun­dred years. There are many other op­tions.

GRAND EN­TRANCE

Pulling into a drive­way lined in lush plant­ings is ex­cit­ing for Santa Claus― and your guests. The idea is to play with heights, tex­tures and col­ors. The standby is bougainvil­lea, but bird-of-par­adise, or­na­men­tals, lilies and bromeli­ads are solid rec­om­men­da­tions.

PLANTERS AND BAS­KETS

Vary­ing poles and limbs add height and di­men­sion to your land­scap­ing. Ex­perts rec­om­mend na­tive mint, or­chids, chain of hearts, string of pearls, white diplade­nia, cal­a­dium and clivia, for ex­am­ple.

BLOOM­ING CRAZY

In con­tain­ers or planted, hy­drangea, im­pa­tiens, ama­ran­thus, canna, gin­ger lily, Mirabilis jalapa (four o’clock flower), fire­cracker plant and Mex­i­can cigar are bloom­ing awe­some.

YEAR-ROUNDERS

Ul­ti­mately we want things that last. Check sea­sonal guides but such stars as aza­lea, daf­fodil, dog­wood, wis­te­ria, bearded iris, gar­de­nia, crinum, lan­tana, crepe myr­tle, rosemary, saucer mag­no­lia, flow­er­ing quince and cro­cus are rec­om­mended.

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