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Spring Has Sprung!

April is the ideal month traditionally for spring cleaning. This applies to your yard and gardens as well. Freshening up old planting beds or implementing new landscape designs are a great way to get started. Here at SmartyPlants, Paul has been busy changing the layout of our sun area. Plant groupings are in place to show compatible plant combinations and colorful mass groupings. Paths among the plants invite you to meander peacefully in the garden and give you ideas for your own garden paths. Walking among the plants instead of just in front of them, provides more of a feeling of being part of the garden. Our palm selection has relocated to the sun area. Diversity and organization make it easier to find just the right palm tree. Stop in and take a look at the nice changes that may give you ideas for your own garden.

Dedication Plants - Easter Weekend

Planting a tree or shrub in memory of a lost loved one or a pet is becoming more popular. A dedication plant can also be done to mark significant events like the birth of a child, buying a new house, graduating from high school or college, or just as recognition to a good friend or family member. Easter weekend is a great time for a dedication planting. Although plant options are endless, the Aphelandra hartwegiana is currently in a spectacular stage. It is from Central America and can reach 8' to 10'. In late winter and early spring, it produces coral colored bracts that open into yellow flowers - simply exquisite. It requires average water, minimal fertilizer, and can be trimmed back and easily maintained at 4' - 6'. It is an 'eye-catcher' for sure. Also known as the yellow Aphelandra, this is an excellent dedication plant. For Easter weekend (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday), 3-gallon are 10% off and 7-gallon are 20% off.

April Gardening Tips

April and May are usually the driest months of the year. With the hot summer heat approaching quickly, now is a good time to check your irrigation system. Clean out sprinkler heads and trim back plantings that have grown and maybe reduced the sprinkler coverage that all your plantings require. Trim dead wood and branches from trees and shrubs. If you didn't fertilize in March, do so now. Fluff up mulches or pine needles with a soft rake and add new mulch. This will aid in holding moisture for the coming heat. Replace the winter annuals with tough summer survivors like vinca, purslane, or coreopsis to give fresh bursts of color.

Easter Weekend

Easter Lilies have arrived in small and medium pots. They are 20% off.
We will be closing at 2:00p.m. on Easter Sunday this weekend to spend time with our families. 

March, 2017 Newsletter

Ixoras are Tried and True

With 545 registered varieties, Ixoras have been a South Florida landscape staple since the 1930's. Ixora coccinea, an upright dense grower that stays full of orange/red blooms most of the year, is found in many older hedges that are still around. Ixora 'Super King' is another great large shrub that produces deep red clusters of star-shaped flowers that can reach 6 to 8 inches across. The new hybrid 'Nora Grant' with coral-colored large flowers is also quite popular. These varieties can be maintained as 6-to-8 foot informal hedges easily, but they can also be trimmed less often and allowed to reach 12 feet plus to produce a wall of large bright blooms. For smaller shrubs with abundant flowers, the Taiwanese dwarfs are a good choice. These Ixoras only grow to 3 feet and are available in red, orange, yellow, and pink. Slightly larger varieties like 'Maui' and 'Singapore Yellow' are great in mass plantings or as single potted specimens. Ixoras like moderate watering and require regular fertilization and additional iron supplements annually to stay nice and green.

New Plant Additions

As we continue to expand our plant selection, we have added several new comers:

Eugenia monticola, also called Rodwood or Birdcherry, is basically an erect grower that can reach 20 feet, which makes it a good choice for hedges or tall specimen plantings. Though native to the islands, it does well in South Florida. Clusters of white flowers in the spring are followed by clusters of small, purple berries that birds enjoy. It is a relative of the white stopper and also has the same "skunky" smell.

The Wooly Teabush (Melochia tomentosa) is a drought-tolerant shrub that grows only to 3 feet tall. Magenta-colored flowers appear repeatedly throughout the year making it a great attractor of bees, butterflies, and birds. Its silver-colored foliage is striking by itself, but when combined with its bright flowers, the Wooly Teabush is irresistible.

This great shrub, the Blue Honeybell Bush (Freylinia tropica), comes to us from South Africa. Its slender spreading branches and growth habit make it a good choice for screening or as a potted specimen. It can be grown in full sun or partial shade to 5-6 feet tall by 2-3 feet wide. Its best feature is the abundance of small blue flowers it produces in the spring that last until summer. This new plant will make a great addition to any garden.            

Fertilizing for Spring

March is an excellent time to feed your trees, plants, shrubs and lawn. Remember to pull mulch or pine needles away from any plants when applying fertilizer; it can be replaced after fertilization is complete. Whether you use an organic or a synthetic fertilizer, applying the proper amount is extremely important. On average, for trees, palms and large woody shrubs, one pound of fertilizer for every 3 feet of height is standard. Smaller plants need less, so adjust accordingly by size. Four applications a year are recommended as most slow-release fertilizers are formulated to last 3-4 months. The slow-release prills are dissolved by heat and humidity, so expect the fertilizer to last closer to 3 months in the hot rainy season and up to 4 months in the cool dry season. Choosing a good quality brand with high percentages of minor elements is important as these nutrients are needed by plants in addition to N (nitrogen), P (phosphorus), and K (potassium). SmartyPlants offers both synthetic and organic fertilizers as well as specific formulas for fruit trees, vegetables, annuals, sod, and other plants. Remember your house plants as well; take them out, spray them with water to remove dust, and fertilize them using a slow-release well-rounded fertilizer. 

February 2017 Newsletter

Flowering Trees Show Signs of Spring
Spring is just around the corner and Dixie Highway is about to erupt with the brilliant yellow flowers on the numerous Tabebuia argenteas. Also called Yellow Tabebuia or Silver Trumpet trees, these displays of yellow flower clusters are spectacular. The trees are also distinguished by their craggy, cork-like bark and twisted trunks and branches. Though they have a short bloom period of a few weeks, there is hardly another specimen tree that creates such beauty while it lasts.

Other early-spring bloomers are Tibouchinas. Three that do well in South Florida are Tibouchina granulosa or Purple Glory tree, Tibouchina urvilleana or Princess Flower, and Tibouchina lepidota, a smaller variety that grows to four feet. This variety was developed in Australia in the 1960s. It has become very popular in South Florida given we have the same climate. Three times a year, Tibouchinas all create a display of deep, rich purple flowers. Help them to stay healthy and to bloom prolifically by fertilizing them regularly. SmartyPlants currently offers Tibouchina lepidota in tree or standard form and also a newer hybrid called Hibble Dibble. This new hybrid has showy large light-purple flowers that call on pollinators. We plan to have Purple Glory trees later in the week as well.   

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