Native Landscape in Historic Driftwood

The Driftwood neighborhood in St. Petersburg has long been known for its beautiful canopy trees like Pines and Oaks. However, it also wrestles with a host of invasive species, which can pose many problems for the average homeowner and their landscape. This project in particular involved a lot of invasive removal, but included a planting of incredible diversity across the entire property. From coastal zones close to the bayou to more inland gardens around the foundation, this yard is a prime example of the diversity that a native yard can achieve.

Dive into Natives: Grasses

Grasses offer unique, soft textures into the landscape to break up the stiff foliage of shrubs and other plants in the landscape. Not only do they pair well in groupings with wildflowers, but they offer unique benefits to wildlife in the form of habitat or seeds. Some grasses also bloom and offer seasonal color in addition to their other benefits.

Dive into Natives: Small Trees

During this series we will be taking an in-depth look a diversity of plants of different categories for your landscape. The plants covered in these videos do well in our area in Central Florida, but have been chosen to be the most applicable to other parts of the state as well.

Trees are something that typically require a large space to commit to properly and can sometimes make designing or planning a landscape difficult. However, there are a number of smaller growing trees that make a beautiful compromise between needed space and the effect you get out of it; whether that be shade, color, or wildlife attraction!

Dive into Natives: Shrubs

During this series we will be taking an in-depth look a diversity of plants of different categories for your landscape. The plants covered in these videos do well in our area in Central Florida, but have been chosen to be the most applicable to other parts of the state as well.

Shrubs make quite a bold statement in the landscape, whether used as hedges, structural plants or stand-alone specimens. They can be used to give the sense of privacy or tie the rest of the landscape together. Choosing the right shrubs for your yard are important for wildlife too, as many offer berries or fruits for birds and more. Learn about the most popular Florida native shrubs for your yard!

Nursery Tour- Hammock Area

Our mock coastal hammock planting includes things like Shiny Coffee, Cabbage Palm, Marlberry and Beautyberry! Great wildlife attraction while also being salt and drought-tolerant! Over the course of our Nursery Tour Tuesday series, we will be walking through some of the growing or mature native plantings around the nursery. Many of these plantings mimic ecosystems or specific conditions in landscapes, in order to give a more full idea of how to incorporate native plants into your own yard. This program was recorded and produced in partnership with the Pinellas County UF/IFAS Extension.

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