by Lilly Browning
The first full week in May each year is National Wildflower Week and the Florida’s Adventure Coast landscape boasts an exuberant outdoor color spectrum. Look around for these stars of nature’s gardens.
Late spring and early summer bring a host of blooming beauties throughout Florida’s Adventure Coast. View plenty of flowering plants that withstand our intense heat and humidity. Crepe myrtles are leafing out, and will start bursting forth with their buxom blossoms in the next month or so. Oleanders are also starting to show off their blooms.
Travelers are sure to note the carpets of purple, pink and white along many of the roadsides. These roadside wildflowers are phlox, and have been planted by the state Department of Transportation as part of the Florida Wildflower Program. Further north, the roadsides are filled with our state wildflower, Coreopsis, or Tickseed, making a beautiful sea of yellow as you drive along the highways.
Of course, the Land of Flowers has many other bright and beautiful residents which will be blooming this spring and summer. If you are curious about them, snap a photo and send to my email at LillyB@hernandocounty.us. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you have on these plants, or any other aspect of Florida-Friendly Landscaping.
About the Author, Lilly Browning
Lilly Browning is the Hernando County Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Coordinator. Her position is funded under the Water Conservation Department at Hernando County Utilities. She communicates and supports the nine Principles of Florida Friendly Landscaping.