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The Neighborhood Gardener – November

Sasanqua camellia flowerThis month in The Neighborhood Gardener:

  • Arranging Plants in the Landscape — This newly published EDIS document by sustainable landscape design specialist Gail Hansen is a valuable introduction to organizing plants in your landscape. Hansen walks the reader through the process of creating an attractive landscape with vertical and horizontal layers and a repeating pattern of plants, all inspired by nature.
  • How to be an Effective Lazy Gardener – You can have a beautiful garden while maintaining a "lazy gardener" lifestyle, if you follow these tips outlined by Lynn Barber, a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ agent from Hillsborough County Extension.
  • Plant of the Month: Sasanqua Camellia — Sasanqua camellias are lovely flowering shrubs that have been heralding the change of seasons for countless generations of Southerners. They bloom in the fall or early winter with a profusion of flowers that are typically white, pink, rose, red, or even variegated. There are compact forms, like ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ or ‘Shishi Gashira’, as well as taller forms like ‘Kanjiro’.
  • November in Your Garden – November is a great month to begin planting roses, and many tropical plants are beginning to bloom. Choose healthy vegetable and herb plants now for a quick-start garden. Be on the lookout for insect infestation and rust or other fungal infections for quick control.
  • Friend or Foe? Friend: Cicada Killer Wasp — Cicada killers, or giant ground hornets, are among the largest wasps in Florida. They are generally considered beneficial since they hunt cicadas, paralyzing the plant-feeding pests and burying them as food for wasp larvae. Only female cicada killers sting, but they rarely do, except when handled.

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