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Fragrant Flowers in Florida

A wide range of flowers in a tropical garden

Today’s photos come from Audrey Powers.

My husband and I have been gardening for almost all of our lives, so sharing this hobby is very rewarding and fun. We have lived in many states along the East Coast and currently live in Tampa, Florida. When we moved 15 years ago there was very little in the small garden beyond our pool, and I commented, “Let’s turn this yard into a tropical paradise.” With much trial and error, we have done just that.

At the end of February, different areas begin to bloom and release their lovely scents and brilliant colors. Various plantings in different areas of the garden take their turns being the star of the garden for several weeks. The scent travels around the yard approximately every two weeks as new blooms begin to burst open.

It is difficult to capture the beauty of the whole yard, because there are pockets of blooms at different times and I tend to focus on shots of flower close-ups. Here are a few of our beauties.

variegated bromeliadA stunning variegated bromeliad. This is a variegated, ornamental version of a pineapple (Ananas comosus ‘Variegatus’, Zones 10–11).

variegated pineapple bloom spikeClose-up of the variegated pineapple bloom spike, with the distinctive tuft of top leaves beginning to develop. This showy plant is well worth growing as an annual or a houseplant in colder climates.

gardeniaA gardenia (Zones 8–11) in full bloom. Gardenias have to be one of the most fragrant flowers out there, with each white bloom filling the garden with its rich scent.

shell gingerThe dangling blooms of a shell ginger (Alpinia zerumbet, Zones 8–10).

CurcumaAnother ginger, this one a variety of Curcuma (Zones 8–10).

herbs in potsA collection of herbs (and a few flowers) growing in pots.

AmaryllisAmaryllis (Hippeastrum hybrids) are commonly grown indoors in cold climates, but they can be planted out in the landscape in Zones 8 and warmer, and some varieties are even hardy to Zone 7. Indoors or out, they are beautiful flowers.

magnoliaA magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora, Zones 6–10) bloom.

LemonsThese lemons are ready to harvest.


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    AnnaMartinez 03/11/2020

    Very Beautiful!

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    meander_michaele 03/11/2020

    It is always fun and fascinating to see what can only be pampered houseplants for me thriving outside in a more hospitable growing zone. Do you actually plant amaryllis bulbs in the ground and are they a perennial in your zone? Congrats on creating your own tropical paradise.

  3. Maggieat11 03/11/2020

    Beautiful! Great photos.

  4. AndreaSue 03/11/2020

    I love tropical flowers! So pretty! Thank you for sharing.

  5. btucker9675 03/11/2020

    Wish we had scratch and sniff screens for the gardenias!

  6. janeeliz 03/11/2020

    Lovely photos of your beautiful garden. I wish I could smell that gorgeous gardenia. The close-up of the magnolia is awesome!

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