I’m Jennifer from Cape Coral, Florida. Here are some views of my Zone 10 gardens. I started from scratch, so everything is less than three years old except for a few palms saved during renovation.
We are not allowed to fertilize in the summer due to run off and red tide in our river and the Gulf of Mexico. My soil isn’t great, so in the winter I prepare soil using organic fertilizer and compost to create a better environment.
Zebra long-wing butterfly on a Jatropha
I was so surprised that these ferns (probably Nephrolepis exaltata) could handle more sun than I thought. The pool cage gives them some protection from the afternoon sun. I added ruellia (Ruellia britooniana, Zones 7–10) and Persian shield (Strobilanthes dyerianus tropical or as an annual) to this fern flower bed.
Close-up of the purple foliage of the Persian shield mingling with the ferns.
Angel trumpet (Brugmansia, Zones 9–11) with the neighbor’s ponytail palm (Beaucarnea recurvata) straight up behind it. (In colder zones, Brugmansia can be grown in containers and overwintered indoors, and ponytail palms are popular as houseplants.)
This royal poinciana (Delonix regia) is not in my yard, but it is spectacular, so I had to share. I have planted one but no blooms yet.
Here is my royal poinciana. It has a long way to go!
Another view of the bed with magenta pentas, a huge agave, and blue daze ground cover (Evolvulus glomeratus ‘Blue Daze’ tropical or as an annual).
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