This is so true! We should have a mix of nectar plants and host plants for the butterflies and caterpillars, and plants that grow berries for the birds, and plants that bloom at night for the moths, and plants with tubular shaped flowers for the hummingbirds, and water for all critters to drink, and nectar plants for the bees and wasps and all the other lovely pollinator bugs. Our gardens should be alive with things moving and growing and living.
Passiflora incarnata, aka Maypop Vine, passionvine, or purple passion flower, are absolutely stunning native vines. They’re host plants to Gulf Fritillary, Zebra, Crimson patch longwing, red banded hairstreak, and Julie heliconian butterflies, and the flowers are stunningly beautiful. Oh, and did you know that wild turkeys like to eat the young curly tendrils of the vines?! How cool is all that!
They grow at least 25′, so give them room to spread. Sturdy arbors, fences, or walls are great supports for them. They cling and climb by curling their tendrils around the support. They like part sun to sun, and are drought tolerant once established. Blooming happens summer to fall.
“Purple Passion Flower (Passiflora incarnata) also known as Maypop, is a showy evergreen, flowering vine that is a larval host plant for the Gulf Fritillary and Zebra Longwing butterfly. The flower is a spectacular pink and purple and generally reaches a width of 3 to 5 inches. Each unique flower lasts about one day, appearing in the summer and early fall. The edible green fruits can be found on the vine along with the flowers.” ~UF IFAS Marion County Master Gardeners~
How beautiful is this native Lupine! Apparently it’s difficult to transplant and get established, so that must be why none of my native suppliers grow it. But the fact that it takes nitrogen out of the air to use is really cool.
Are you looking for native plants to add to your garden? I have access to many different varieties, so let me know which ones you’re looking for! Or if you need help figuring out which natives would work in your garden, email me, firstname.lastname@example.org, or text/call, 386-310-9969, to set up a free consultation.
“Sky-Blue Lupine (Lupinus diffusus) is native to Florida and is commonly found in sandy habitats because they actually prefer nutrient poor soils. Starting in mid-winter through early Spring it displays beautiful violet flowers Lupines are unique because they are able to take nitrogen from the atmosphere and bring it into the soil. Nitrogen-fixing bacteria live on the roots of sky-blue lupine and absorb nitrogen out of the air. This nitrogen then becomes available for the plant to use.” ~Marion County Master Gardeners~
I get lots of questions about Spanish moss from my clients, so here’s some good information for you:
“Did You Know…contrary to popular belief, Spanish moss (Tillandsia usneoides) is not a parasite? It’s actually an epiphyte, meaning it gets all of its nutrients from the air and rainwater. It can sometimes damage the host tree by over-shading the leaves, thus reducing photosynthesis, or by weighing down and breaking the branches. This is usually in host trees that are stressed for some other reason, thereby having a more open canopy (less leaves). Spanish moss actually has an important role in Florida’s ecology. Many animals use it for protection, taking cover in the thick masses. Insects love to hide out in the moss, too. Spanish moss is also a significant component of the nests of several species of birds, including the parula warbler and the Baltimore oriole.” Click link for additional info: Spanish Moss Info
One more interesting tidbit: Did you know that Spanish moss is related to pineapples?? Yep, they’re in the same family.
Well hello there, my fellow plant fiends! How’s your garden growing? I bet you need to add some unusual, very cool plants to it. And, guess what, I can now help you with that regardless of where you live in Florida. I’ve been getting plant orders from all over the state of Florida, so I’ve expanded my delivery range to include the state. I’m also in the process of adding more unique plants that you won’t find in most garden centers. No worries though, I’ll still deliver the usual plant suspects like I did this week for a client in Ft Pierce: 80 1-gallon Podocarpus, 24 1-gallon Muhly Grass, and two 7-gallon ‘Little Gem’ Magnolias:
Not sure what plants will work in your garden? No problem with that either. I’ll be more than happy to talk with you about your garden situation, then give you ideas for which plants will work best. Consider R&GG to be your full-service online garden shop from garden design to delivery.
So be on the lookout for new plant posts coming soon! Remember though, if you don’t see what you’re looking for, all ya gotta do is ask me. I work with suppliers all over the state of Florida and can probably get what you want.
Cheers to everyone having an awesome day digging in the dirt …
Adorable planter overflowing with Euphorbia ‘Diamond Frost’ sitting on a discarded chair. Reuse and repurpose is my motto! ‘Diamond Frost’ is a gorgeous trailing perennial that blooms constantly year round. It’s hardy too: I didn’t cover it at all during our cold days this winter. I’ll have it for sale as soon as my suppliers have it ready.
I make custom container gardens using either your pots or pots I supply. I use the common ceramic, plastic, terra cotta, etc, and whimsical and unique pots I’ve found at flea markets and antique shops.
Let me know what you’re looking for, and I can make it for you! Email, Jeanni@rosesandgargoyles.com, or call/text, 386-310-9969.
The tropical milkweed in my garden are blooming! Have you ever looked up close at a milkweed flower? They’re rather pretty.
I’ve noticed an increase in butterfly activity in the garden since the milkweed blooms began. There aren’t too many things to me more relaxing than watching the butterflies flit from flower to flower.
R&G has tropical milkweed for sale in the Neighborhood Garden Boutique for only $4/1-gallon size. For more information on tropical milkweed and to order, go here: “Tropical Milkweed”. They aren’t listed yet, but I can also get many varieties of our native milkweed. Just let me know what you’re looking for!