Fringe Tree (Chionanthus virginicus). Blooms in spring, and is very fragrant. These are nice
small trees. This species bloom in March in Florida, and usually in May in Kentucky.
Redbud. These are native here, and are one of the first signs of spring. The earliest
ones typically bloom in February. Very nice mid sized trees here. Photo taken February 20, 2009.
Spiderwort, more properly Ohio Spiderwort. (Tradescantia ohioensis). It is native to Ohio, but
it is also native to Florida, where it makes a good garden perennial. It can bloom anytime between early spring and
late fall under cultivation. It will self sow some.
A closer look at the blooms on a Spiderwort.
Beach Sunflower. This is best treated as an annual that reseeds. It has a very long bloom season.
Chyrsanthemum. These are not usually perennials in Florida, but this one is. I don't know the
variety name, but I suspect that it is some sort of heirloom variety that could date back 100 years.
Florida Paintbrush. This is a fall-blooming native wildflower that is also worth having in the flower
beds. This is one plant that is not fussy.
Firespike. Tender and fussy, but appears to have succeeded in getting established on try number
three. I have this spectacular plant in a sheltered spot.
Rain Lily [Habranthus robustus]. This plant is not native to Florida, being of South American
origin. It will grow well here, but I am probably near the northern limit. A friend of mine tried it in southeastern
Alabama, and it did not survive there. Here, it will self-seed some in the flower beds. Rain Lily is a wonderful
plant to grow. The photo shows a grouping of Rain Lilies in bloom.
Bridal Wreath Spirea. Above, a close up of the flowers. Below, a row of the shrubs. These
are very early bloomers and sometimes get frozen, but end up blooming again.
Chickasaw Plum. Native tree. These are very early bloomers.
Stokesia. Spring blooming perennial.
Shown is one of two varieties of Agapanthus I have. These are tender here
and have to be grown in a very sheltered spot.
This is a lighter colored variety of Agapanthus. Both types have many blooms and a long season of
Copper Canyon Daisy. Native to southeastern Arizona. This is a winter bloomer here. The
foliage has a Marigold smell to it. The botanical name is Tagetes lemmonii.
Rhexia Mariana. Maryland Meadowbeauty. This is native here in Florida. This plant came
up wild by the water drip from the heating and air conditioning unit.
Wild Shamrock. Native.
Coontie. This are unusual and interesting plants.