Bonita Springs Landscape & Plants

Choosing Plants For Your Bonita Springs Home

Most home owners in Bonita Springs don’t have the opportunity to landscape their home from scratch. I didn’t think I would but my dear friend Irma blew through last September and took with her some over grown, mismatched, tired trees and left a bit of an eyesore behind.  Fortunately for me I had already had the banyan tree removed.  Read also: That Bonita Springs Home With a Huge Tree

Even if you’re landscaping your Bonita Springs home on a budget you want to guarantee success of the plants you put in. Here are a few tips that I can recommend you employ to get the best possible results.  I’m a numbers and data person so I researched my plants and I also drove high and low looking at landscaping.  With that in mind I can share whether a home is $300,000 or $3,000,000 many of the plants are the same.  I drove through the new communities of Bonita Landing and Bonita National as well as older existing communities such as Bonita Bay and Pelican Landing just to get ideas. 

The plant list I eventually came up with was a list of plants that would tolerate varying wet/drought conditions and do well with no shade.  I confessed early on that I have no trees left so my front yard is blazing hot. Whatever your home has to offer make sure you plant according to the shade/sun you have to offer/torture plants with.  My full-sun-take-no-prisoners yard ended up with a plant list of common yet beautiful plants that were economical to purchase and would grow quickly.

The plants were purchased at a variety of big box stores and at two of my favorite garden nurseries, Driftwood Nursery and Greenway Nursery, both located in Estero, Florida. In the front yard: Lariope, Flax Lilly, Lantana, Jatropha, Texas Sage, Hibiscus, Indian Hawthorne, Sky Flower Trees.  The side yard now has Lollypop Verbena, Cassia Trees, Scarlet  Milkweed and Queen’s Wreath growing on the bird seeder pole.  I also have Dutchman’s Pipe on the mailbox and Passaflora on the lamp post.

If you’re not an experienced gardener I will share that this plant list was developed not only to withstand Florida’s sun but to also help our pollinators and butterflies. I love butterflies and attracting all sorts of birds and wildlife.  The butterflies are easy to attract if you choose the right plants.  Flowers that produce nectar for them to eat and the host plants for them to lay their eggs on. FYI: those eggs will become caterpillars that eat the plants and make them temporarily look shabby.  The set of plants I put in will attract: Monarch, Gulf Frittilary, a variety of Sulphur, Pipevine Swallowtail, Cassius Blue, a variety of Skippers and the Zebra Longwing.

Read also 30 Days to a Butterfly Garden

To help the plants get a foot hold and to ensure their success they were watered well. I do have an irrigation system.  We put landscaping fabric down prior to planting and we mulched heavily to help hold in moisture after the plants were installed.  I chose the dark brown colored mulch called Cocoa Brown. It has a rich, chocolate color and the contrast sets off flowering plants quite nicely.

The long story short of my new landscaping is the proper research, planning and care has yielded one-hundred percent success in the plantings. I had one plant that looked a little stressed but it bounced back nicely.

My next series of side yard plantings will include Porter Weed in purple. The red just doesn’t do well here.  Also, I will have a few Fire Bush put in, as well. All are very popular with butterflies, humming birds and honey bees.

Click the photo album above and you will see more photos.  Let me know if you have questions about planting for the pollinators.  I’d love to help!