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What plants are good for landscaping in Florida?

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Florida's most popular landscaping plants include silver saw palmetto, wax myrtle, coral honeysuckle and ferns. These plants are hardy and beautiful. Some attract wildlife using colorful flowers and fragrant nectar, while others are prolific climbers or make excellent ground cover.

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Firebush is another favorite among Florida's landscapers. Its pointy red and orange flowers bloom throughout the year and produce sweet nectar that attracts hummingbirds. This shrub also attracts songbirds with its shiny black fruit.

Many of Florida's popular landscaping plants are grasses. Every autumn, muhly grass produces a riot of feathery pink and purple blooms. With a maximum height of 3 feet, this plant is smaller than many other similar grasses. Another ornamental option, white fountain grass, produces delicate white blooms throughout the year; however, Its invasive tendencies require careful monitoring. Planting white fountain grass in containers is easier to control. This dense grass also makes an excellent poolside privacy screen.

Although sunshine mimosa is not technically a grass, many landscapers use it as a lawn replacement. Others prefer a mixture of mimosa and true grasses. This low plant spreads quickly and produces round, pink blossoms. Sunshine mimosa tolerates gentle foot traffic and has deep, dense root systems that reduce soil erosion. It thrives in sunny environments with sandy soil.

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