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Thursday, January 06, 2011

FNGLA 2011 Plant Selections

Snow Princess
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Every year the Florida Nursery, Growers and Landscape Association (FNGLA) chooses a selection of Florida's best plants. These plants are chosen for several reasons...one being their success in growing in our diverse Florida climate.

For 2011 the six "Florida Garden Select Plants" chosen were:

* Gold Medallion Tree (Cassia leptophylla) - This cassia has yellow blooms in early summer and can survive temperatures into the mid to low 20's. That definitely sounds promising considering our winters lately.
* Prostrate Yew or Japanese Plum Yew (Cephalotaxus harringtonia 'Prostrata') - This low growing shrub  has dark green leaves similar to a conifer.
* Caranday Palm (Copernicia alba) - This palm tree for zones 9b - 11 has silver-green fronds and can grow up to 50 feet tall.
* Snow Princess (Labularia hybrid 'Snow Princess') pictured above - An annual in other parts of the country, white blooms cover this mounding plant, and is perfect for hanging baskets.
* Yellow Butterfly Pea Vine (Cailaeum macropterum (formerly Mascagnia macroptera)) - This Mexican native sports 1" yellow cascading flowers. It grows up to 15 feet tall and is heat-loving.
* Wire Vine (Muehlenbeckia axillaris) - a small, glossy green-leaved groundcover.

These plants are available for purchase at your local garden center. Now you can also keep up with the FNGLA by becoming a fan at Facebook.

Click here for photos and more information on these plants.


Meems said...

Always look forward to seeing what these choices are... I just bought the prostrate yew in Tallahassee (couldn't find it around here~if anyone knows of it being sold here I'd love to get more). I've loved the wire vine, too. It makes a great addition in container plants.
Takes this cold weather, too.

Rick Brown said...

I have had the Lobularia Snow Princess for 2 years under our Knockout roses and have to say it is always looking gorgeous and smelling sweet. The perfect low maintenance flowering ground cover. It is a patented plant but cuttings root easily for your own personal use which is allowed. We had 24 degrees in Riverview and had no damage but in the UF trial gardens at Plant City HCC campus it was more exposed and they died in the December freeze. They need 4 hours of direct sun to look good but amazingly can stand summer full sun all day long on minimal watering. This plant definitely deserves the award. One thing to note is that it grows aggressively and will overtake everything if used in combination planters and plantings. It is so aggressive that it is hard to find at garden centers because it rapidly outgrows the containers and becomes tangled with adjacent plants. You can order them directly from PW's website and you will be glad you did.

Susan said...

Hi Meems...I'll look forward to posts on your blog about these plants and how they're doing in your garden. That yew does sound interesting and different for us.

Rick...Thanks for the information. on how this plant is performing in your garden and where to buy it. I bet it looks great planted beneath your knock-outs.

Anonymous said...

I have been trying to find the golden medallion tree for a while now. If any one has any idea where I could get one near Alabama.