Florida Native Plants
Florida's native plants are the foundation upon which everything else rests in a sustainable backyard habitat. Even if you don't want to tear out your current landscape and begin again, adding a few suitable native plants will over time make your garden ever more attractive and useful to the wildlife here in Florida that would be willing to call your backyard "home".
Here are the Top 5 Reasons we think anybody will benefit from adding native plants to their landscape:
- Native plants are well-adapted to Florida.
- Native Plants are a "natural" for specialty gardens; gardens designed to attract certain animals like butterflies, hummingbirds, or songbirds.
- Native plants are key to creating backyard habitat.
- Native plants are preferable over exotic, possibly invasive choices.
- Native plants create a sense of place
Re-Imaging Your Landscape Using Native Plants
We hope you will consider adding native plants to your landscape. Perhaps, you may be even inspired to go for a complete re-design. There are many good reasons to do so. But knowledge is power and understanding more about why you want to use Florida's native plants, what you need from them to fulfill these wants, and which specific plants you'll need to choose to see that design goal, is important, too. As a first step in getting started, we have created a worksheet that will help you understand some of the needs and wants you may have for your landscape. Click here for the worksheet. Feel free to add to your needs and wants list. For example, you may want to include "Plants should not die back in freezing temps", if you feel that may be a consideration to your choice of plants. Think of all conditions and qualities that may be pertinent to choosing the right native plant for your situation.
Researching Native Plants
After you have completed the worksheet, your next step may be to start researching the plants.
Highly Recommended - If your knowledge about native plants is limited and you are unsure what plants would be best for your landscape, or even if you just would like to browse, while learning more about Florida's great plants, the absolute best place for you to begin is this Florida Native Plant Society web page: www.fnps.org/plants
Serendipity Garden Native Plant List
Below is a link to a PDF list of the current native plants on view in the demonstration garden. This is not a list of plants for sale...these are the plants growing in the garden. We hope having the opportunity to see more mature plants actively growing in a landscape will both inspire you and help answer practical considerations (i.e. light requirements, soil needs) associated with a particular plant.
Want Native Plants for Your Landscape?
Looking to add native plants to your landscape? We have many wildflowers, shrubs, grasses, ferns, vines, and trees available to browse in our nursery. Not sure which ones you should choose? If you have a good idea of the design and place you will be using the plants, we can visit and produce a recommended plant list. This service costs $50. If you already know what plants you need, but are having trouble locating them, we can find them and deliver them to you. To have plants delivered, we add a $20 fee to price of plants. To ask any questions, request a recommended plant list, or place a plant order, call (352) 537-5449.
Did You Know?
There are Florida Native Plant Society chapters all around the state. There is probably one near you. If you would like to learn more about native plants, listen to great speakers with a variety of interesting topics, and meet some wonderful people... plan to attend the next meeting of your closest chapter. To find out where that may be, visit www.fnps.org and click on the Chapters page.
Learn More with these downloadable PDF brochures we have created. Print and take with you. (An issue with the template used causes the second page to print upside down when your printer is set to automatically print double-sided. Change your setting and manually flip page to print second page.)