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5 of the Best Plants for the Florida Summers

Summers in Florida are hot. This can discourage homeowners from planting flowers and other plants under the sweltering heat. However, some plants such as hibiscus and bird of paradise prefer being under the sun and will give your lawn a pop of color during the summer.

Here are the top 5 plants to include in your landscape this summer. Learn what they look like, where to plant them, their maintenance levels, and more.


1. Bird of Paradise

A bird of paradise plant growing on a property in Anna Maria, FL.

The bird of paradise is a herbaceous plant known for its distinct appearance as it looks like a bird in flight. It will make a great addition to your landscape because of its evergreen leaves and eye-catching blue and orange flowers that will stand out among other plants.

This plant will bloom both in sunny and partially shaded areas, but its height will differ. A bird of paradise placed under partial shade will be taller with larger flowers than those grown under the full sun. Dry conditions will result in yellow leaves, so make sure your soil is regularly receiving water, whether it be from the rain or your sprinkler.

Fertilization should not be overlooked to ensure a healthy mature plant. We also recommend trimming the...

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Did you know there are over 100 varieties of crotons? Here are our most common!

The landscape croton is a plant species with an enormous range of varieties that are all excellent sources of beauty for any outdoor area. The changes in color and leaf shape between variations make crotons a delightful plant to grow. Minimal care requirements also make the croton the perfect plant choice for many landscaping projects in Palmetto and surrounding Florida areas.

At Three Seasons, we provide Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton, FL, with an assortment of plant life from our nursery. While crotons can vary in over 100 different ways, three varieties are extremely popular in central Florida.


The Croton Species

The garden croton, or Codiaeum variegatum, is a tropical shrub native to Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, and a few Pacific Ocean islands. Many people grow crotons for their vibrant colors and visual appeal of their unique leaves.

However, the plants contain toxins that make them dangerous when consumed. So, it’s best to keep them out of reach of overly curious pets or children. Crotons will only grow to be a few feet tall when they mature. This height makes them perfect for potting, and some can...

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How to Care for Bromeliads in Central Florida

Bromeliads are one of the most popular plants used indoors and outdoors in central Florida communities such as Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton. These tropical plants love environments of high humidity and temperatures that hang in the 70-80°F on a normal basis.

Bromeliads come in a variety of colors, require little maintenance, and are the perfect accent or focal point for your landscaping.


Bromeliads Come in a Variety of Species

One of the best things about bromeliads is their rainbow of colors. They can range from having bright pink centers to all red leaves and striped foliage. Bromeliads come in a variety of species that are frequently planted in the ground on both commercial and residential properties, including:

  • Aechmea
  • Billbergia
  • Guzmania
  • Neoregelia
  • Nidularium
  • Vrisea

You can find many of these species, and more, available at garden centers, such as Three Seasons's local Palmetto, Florida nursery, where you can buy native plants, get landscaping design assistance, and installation services.


Bromeliad Size Range & Planting Options

Bromeliads are popular in Palmetto to plant in landscape beds.

Bromeliads are a great option for a focal point or ground...

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Tips for Caring for Your Holiday Poinsettias

Every year households around the nation can be seen with their festive holiday poinsettias on display. Even within our local communities of Palmetto, Parrish, and Bradenton, FL, poinsettias are easily the most popular holiday plants.

However, they are a tropical species and have been forced to bloom during a season where they typically do not thrive. Take time to understand your tropical plant and follow these tips to keep them in bloom through the holiday season!


Start With a Healthy Plant

Purchasing a poinsettia that is unhealthy from the start will make keeping it alive a huge struggle. Make sure your poinsettia is healthy and thriving from the moment, you bring it home. Check the lower foliage to make sure it is in good condition and the leaves have not started to go yellow. The more green colored leaves you have on the plant initially, the healthier start you have!


Caring for Your Poinsettia When You First Bring It Home

When you first bring your poinsettia home, make sure to remove the foil, take it out of the decorative pot, and give it a good drink of water. Once the water has drained, you can place your plant back into the...

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The Importance of Choosing the Right Plants for Your Landscaping

Whether you live in Colorado, New York, or Florida, choosing the right plants for your landscaping is extremely important for proper growth. There are a number of factors to consider when choosing your plants and the biggest factor is zoning issues.

The United States is divided into specific zones when it comes to plant hardiness. The key to plant survival in your landscaping is planting for your hardiness zone. In Bradenton, Florida, according to the 2012 Hardiness Zone Map, our hardiness zone is 9b.

Some of the best plants to consider for your landscaping in zone 9b conditions include:

  • Pineapple Guava
  • Christmas Camellias
  • Japanese Holly Fern
  • Purple Lovegrass
  • Fire Bush
  • Oakleaf Hydrangea
  • Magnolia
  • Mexican Sage

Nevertheless, how do you go about choosing your plants? The key to a low-maintenance landscape is not in the plants themselves but in the planning of the planting. Here are some tips and tricks for selecting the plants that will not only prosper in your Florida landscape, but will look good as well!

Sun Light

Pay attention to where and when the sunlight hits your landscape throughout the day. Knowing whether you need full/partial sun or...

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