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The Neighborhood Gardener – July

powderpuff mismosaThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Ten Beautiful (and Resilient) Plants for Hot Southern Gardens — Looking for some showstoppers for your summer garden? We’ve got recommendations for attractive plants that can withstand the Florida heat.
  • FruitScapes — Many Floridians are lucky enough to have fruit trees in their gardens, but practical information on how to plant and care for these trees is necessary in order to enjoy this edible landscape. The UF/IFAS Tropical Research and Education Center hosts FruitScapes, a helpful website featuring fact sheets and videos to help home gardeners understand how to successfully plant and grow fruit trees.
  • Plant of the Month: Powderpuff Mimosa — Few groundcovers offer a more cheerful appearance than powderpuff mimosa. From spring through fall, this versatile native plant blooms nonstop with pink, ball-shaped flowers.
  • July in Your Garden — Plant heat-tolerant annuals like celosia, coleus, and ornamental peppers. Use the summer heat as a tool in preparing the vegetable garden for fall planting. Soil solarization takes four to six weeks to kill weeds, disease, and nematodes, so start now.
  • Friend or Foe? Foe: Silverfish — These pests are very common in homes, often coming in with storage boxes, and may cause damage by feeding on paper, wallpaper paste, fabrics, and book bindings. Reducing humidity in the home helps control silverfish.

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