Joined: Sep 09, 2010
Location: Bainbridge, Wa
Hello, let me start by saying, I AM not from florida. I know nothing of the plants here, I do know a little of the environment and leaching soils, the 'traditional' marshes turned suburbs. I'm from Washington
Anyways I am at my grandparents, who are having a need for plants that can be watered just twice a week (hopefully not needing it at all) and will survive florida weather and sand ass soils.
In wa I would plant clovers, jerusalem artichokes, poppies, wild lettuce, chards brassicas, and lupines w/ tons of legumes, and seaberries!
So it would be awesome to have a simple list for me to research while I am here, and definatly to create more of a shrubbed habbitat feel for the birds that are all over at day.
Joined: Dec 01, 2009
Location: Northern California
Hi, Ruso—I'm in a similar situation; I grew up here in Florida, but I now live in California. I'm visiting central Florida to put in a garden for my parents.
Pomegranates do well here. There's a variety of grape that grows wild everywhere near my parents' home but rarely fruits unless it's "pruned"—i.e. hacked back annually within an inch of its life. Some people suggest low-chill muscadine grape varieties. Edible cacti can be good choices—we just discovered that my mother's volunteer cactus produces edible fruit, it's a Cereus peruviana/repandus. Iceplant is a terrible invasive weed, but is edible. Purslane is another good option, I think. Maypop, a passionfruit, is native here; other passionfruit do well. Perennial peanuts are a good groundcover option, and some locals are having great success with velvet bean.
I'm a South FL native. I've got some very drought resistant/hearty plants and herbs growing here with little care. Moringa, malabar spinach, quinoa, calaloo and cherry hibiscus for greens. Fruit trees: Papaya, mango, lychee, strangler fig. Herbs: rosemary, mint, basil, fennel....... Many plants can take the summer heat under a thick layer of mulch and sandy soil can most def. be improved.