Jennifer Hubbs here. I have only been gardening in southwestern Florida for the past two and a half years. I come from a family of gardeners, love visiting gardens, and couldn’t wait to get back into gardening after a long hiatus. I haven’t had the opportunity to garden over the past 15 years due to condo living.
Our new home was a blank slate two and a half years ago, which is fun, but it can seem overwhelming. I decided to get as many free plants from fellow gardeners as I could to get started.
The side garden before
A beautiful frangipani (Plumeria, Zone 10)
The side garden after. All of these plants were donations from fellow gardeners except the vinca (Catharanthus roseus, Zones 10–11 or as an annual). I love the green and white in this garden, especially with the white fence as a backdrop.
I planted sweet potato vine (Ipomoea batatas, Zones 10–11 or as an annual) to cover my neighbor’s chain-link fence. Best decision ever! It was inexpensive and offers beautiful color, low maintenance, and privacy.
I love this angel trumpet (Brugmansia, Zones 8–10 or as an annual)—another cutting from a neighbor.
A Datura flower as seen from below
I have added some grass to add movement and a soft fluffy accent to this spiky garden. Included here are foxtail fern (Asparagus densiflorus, Zones 10–11 or as a houseplant or an annual), Agave, Dracaena, and some other donations. I take whatever anyone gives me!
Wide view of the garden today
Another view of the garden
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