Color Garden for Florida

This garden design plan provides an ever-changing collage of bold, vibrant hues in foliage and flowers throughout the year.

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Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Immerse yourself in color! This landscape design plan creates an ever-changing collage of bold, vibrant hues in foliage and flowers throughout the seasons.

Enter this garden of hues through the vine-draped arbor or by way of two other stepping stone walkways that wind past pots of annual color. The bench with a commanding view of the numerous spreading, mounding and cascading blooms is sheltered by a flowering tree. While the overhead canopy provides summer shade, a cluster of shrubs behind the bench provides enclosure. A vine clambers over a tuteur to provide a vertical architectural focal point.

The undulating border and meandering pathways provide easy access to all of the plants and containers of color. Wait until spring to trim back any frosted plants and you will enjoy the wintry textures provided by the branches and remaining stems and seed heads. Allow some of the perennials to reseed to create a full and bountiful garden of color.

Detailed Garden Plans

Detailed Garden Plans

Landscape plan by Hortus Oasis
Illustrations by Simutis Illustrations

Plant List

A. Tonto crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica 'Tonto'), (1)
A*. Singapore shower/Scrambled egg tree (Senna surratensis) (1)
B.Crossvine (Bignonia capreolata) (2), on arbor, attracts hummingbirds
C.Amethyst passion vine (Passiflora x 'Amethyst') (1), on tuteur, larval food for gulf fritillary butterflies, don't use pesticidesD. Annuals, selected by gardener, in 3 containers
E. Shining jasmine (Jasminum laurifolium formerly J. nitidum) (2), plant 4 feet apart
F. Golden thyrallis (Galphimia gracilis) (2) plant 3 feet apart
G. Rose Creek abelia (Abelia x 'Rose Creek') (2), plant 3 feet apart
G*. Petite Pink ixora (Ixora 'Petite Pink') (3), plant 2 feet apart
H. Asian jasmine (Trachelospermum asiaticum), plant 2 feet apart
I. Purple love grass (Eragrostis spectabilis), plant 2 feet apart
J. Dwarf tricolor oyster plant (Tradescantia spathacea 'Dwarf Tricolor'), plant 1 foot apart
J**. Japanese garden juniper (Juniperus procumbens), plant 2 feet apart
K. Muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
L. Santa Barbara Mexican sage (Salvia leucantha 'Santa Barbara'), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
M. Sapphire Sage salvia (Salvia guaranitica 'Sapphire Sage'), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
N. White African iris (Dietes vegeta, formerly D. iridoides), plant 2 feet apart
O. Trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
P. Trailing lantana (Lantana montevidensis), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
Q. New Gold lantana (Lantana camara 'New Gold'), plant 2-1/2 feet apart
R. Ruby Red pentas (Pentas lanceolata 'Ruby Red'), plant 1-1/2 feet apart

* Use in South Florida
** Use in North Florida

Key

1. Arbor: 4' wide x 2' to 3' deep
2. Tuteur: 2' wide x 6 to 7' high
3. Container: 18 to 22" wide
4. Stepping stones with mulch paths
5. Bench: 4' wide

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