Gardening and Landscaping in SWFL
The climate here in SWFL is perfect for growing things. With abundant sunshine and plenty of heat, the whole state is a greenhouse! So we’re already a few steps ahead of the game when it comes to gardening and landscaping.
However, tips that apply to the rest of the country may not work as well here in the Naples and Fort Myers area. Here is how to put your green thumb to its best use in every season of the year. For detailed information, see the South Florida Gardening Calendar.
SWFL Gardening: Winter
While the northern states are buried under snow, it’s still a great season for planting in Florida! There are several annuals you can add to your garden in the cooler months, including lobelia, begonia, and dusty miller. This is also a great time to plant perennials that will start blooming in the spring, such as lilies and agapanthus.
As for food, vegetables won’t be ready to pick at this time of year, but it’s a great time to plant herbs, specifically thyme, fennel, tarragon, and mint. You can also get started on your vegetable garden; January is your last chance to plant potatoes, broccoli, cabbage, and kale.
As for yardwork, this is mostly a time of light maintenance. Water if the temperature gets higher than usual, and bring in delicate plants if a frost is in the forecast.
SWFL Gardening: Spring
Time to get moving! Now is the time to plant annuals that love the heat, like zinnias. If you prefer perennials, caladium will brighten up your garden all summer long.
Vegetables to plant in the spring include leafy greens, melons, and root vegetables such as carrots and radishes. You can also add some ornamental herbs to bring some extra color and scent to your garden.
It’s also time to fertilize, mulch, and check for pests. If you find any, apply a spot treatment to keep them from spreading.
SWFL Gardening: Summer
It’s not too late for planting! Annuals including celosia and ornamental peppers will thrive in the summer sun, and even some perennials like gladiolus and butterfly lily can be planted this time of year. It’s a good time for planting palms as well; just make sure to brace them up for about half a year so they don’t fall over.
Check your trees for any damaged or weak branches in advance of hurricane season, and keep a close eye on any pests before they get out of control and ruin all your hard work.
SWFL Gardening: Autumn
Create a beautiful display of autumn colors with an annual bed of impatiens, strawflower, and pansies. Now is also the time to plant perennials such as amaryllis and elephant ear so that they can come up in the spring. Separate any perennials that have gotten overgrown so that they don’t get crowded in the springtime.
In the vegetable garden, there are plenty of herbs that love the cooler weather, including parsley, sage, and thyme (wait for the spring for rosemary, though!). Toward the end of the year, you can start planting root vegetables to get a jump on the growing season.
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