When It Comes to Local Planting, Autumn is King for Your Garden in Palm Beach County

Palm Beach Gardening in Autumn is King

Many people believe that spring is the best time to plant a garden, so Palm Beach home owners may be surprised to learn that when it comes to local planning, autumn is actually the prime season. The cooler weather is comforting to both the people planting the seeds, and also to the plants themselves.

Larry Williams, director of the University of Florida/IFAS Okaloosa County Extension, adds, “I’ve been trying to convince people that fall is the best time to plant since I’ve been an extension agent, but you can’t beat the spring fever factor. When we move into October and November, it is more comfortable to be outdoors. The survival rate goes up for those trees and shrubs planted in the fall of the year. Some of your locally owned nurseries will typically get your best selection of trees and shrubs in the fall, and those garden centers need our business this time of year.”

One of the best things you can do is purchase your plants from a local nursery who is familiar with the climate and soil. They will carry plants that are best suited for local planting, whereas big box retailers like Home Depot and Target carry plants picked out by out-of-state buyers who aren’t familiar with local conditions. Additionally, take note of what your neighbors have in their yards that are doing well, and take cues from your community.

In Palm Beach, the soil tends to be very salty because of the proximity to the ocean. As such, salt-tolerant plants are critical for beach landscaping. Sandy soils retain less water and nutrients than do less porous soils, so it’s important to select salt-tolerant species that can stand up to the environment.

Here are some other specific ideas of plants, flowers, and foliage that might flourish at your Palm Beach home:

  • Salt-Tolerant Plants: Flowers and Foliage
  • Ivy geraniums, commonly used in hanging baskets
  • Lantana plants: Lantanas are perennials in Florida, although annuals in cooler climates
  • Kalanchoe: Perennial in Florida
  • Daylilies: Moderately salt-tolerant plants
  • Prickly pear cactus: Can take a pounding in the sun

 

Salt-tolerant plants grown in Florida:

  • Confederate jasmine
  • Flowering jasmine
  • Bougainvillea
  • Salt-Tolerant Plants: Shrubs
  • Rosa rugosa: A hardy, salt-tolerant plant called "beach rose"
  • Sumac
  • Oleander
  • Yucca
  • Florida privet

 

Salt-Tolerant Plants: Trees

  • Norway maples and Amur maples
  • Pin oaks, white oaks and red oaks
  • Southern red cedar: Salt-tolerant plant grown in Southern Florida
  • Date palm trees are taller palm trees (50 feet). The University of Florida Extension lists date palm trees as moderately salt-tolerant.

 

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