Botanical Beauties

April 22, 2016 | South Tampa Magazine | Categories: Editorial, Home | Tags: Bloom Garden Shop, Cat’s Whiskers, GardenSmith, Gerbera Daisies, Hydrangeas, Snapdragons

Adding a pop of color to your home’s landscaping doesn’t just increase curb appeal — the act of gardening is also scientifically proven to make you happier. But where to begin and what botanicals to choose? We asked the plant pros at South Tampa’s Bloom Garden Shop and GardenSmith to share their favorite springtime blooms along with tips on how to care for each one. So grab your gloves, a shovel and your sunhat. We’ll have you planting the seeds for spring gardening success in no time.

Gerbera Daisies
Floridians have the privilege of being able to grow Gerbera daisies practically year-round. What’s more, they’re perfectly fine with sandy soils, commonly found in South Tampa backyards. The perfect spot for this bright bud is one that will cover them in morning sunshine and afternoon shade. Tip: Avoid putting water directly in the center of the plant so it doesn’t rot.

Vibrant, resilient and sun-loving, snapdragons bring a welcome dose of whimsy to every garden. Plant these beauties in partial to full sunlight and keep them well-hydrated by watering them once a day. Their leaves will begin to droop if they start to get thirsty, a telltale sign to break out the watering can. Tip: The more sun they are exposed to, the more water they’ll require.

Cat’s Whiskers  
A member of the mint family, these Indonesia natives have showy white or purple blooms. Cat’s Whiskers are good pollen producers, making them especially buzz-worthy to bees and butterflies. For ample blooms, plant your Cat’s Whiskers in full to partial sun, with at least 4-6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Tip: Cat’s Whiskers need moist soil and prefer not to completely dry out between watering, making it a great flower for those damp areas in your garden.

These springtime staples add color and a lush look to your landscaping, whether you plant them in soil or keep them in containers. Though our Florida climate is a bit unnaturally warm for them, they’ll stay happy as long as they’re cool and wet — i.e., keep them in a nice, shaded spot and water them daily. Tip: Slight exposure to morning sun is perfectly fine, but in general, keep these sensitive shrubs away from our intense sun.


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