Gardening in Florida is like no other place. My Master Gardener teacher, Jim Moll of the Pasco County extension, taught us that Florida is basically a desert surrounded by great bodies of water… it’s on the same latitude as the major deserts of the Earth. We are just lucky to get so much moisture. But, sometimes it’s too much. And the heat and sun can be brutal. Zone 9 is a weird space because it actually goes across Texas to California and hugs the coast all the way up to Washington state! Anyone can tell you that that means a lot of diversity and many of the plants designated as zone 9 simply won’t grow here.
I’ve been gardening with failures and successes in Zone 9 for twenty years. Let me share with you what works, and what doesn’t as I had to learn things the hard way being a transplant myself from New Jersey zone 6.
Latest Blog Articles
- Creating a Prairie Style Garden Bed
- Direct Sown Love in a Mist and Bachelor’s Buttons: Zone 9 Central Florida
- Best evergreens for central Florida zone 9
- What’s blooming in my central Florida yard in April (zone 9b)
- Lubber Nymph Infestation
- Using AI to Answer Gardening Questions
- Painting a U.S.F. Bull Head Statue
- Make Your Own Lino-Stamps
- Planting a Florida wildflower meadow
- Designing for Pavers in Car Port and Around Studio
- The Best Palms in My Central Florida Garden
- Purchasing an Antique Rose Bush from Heirloom Roses in Oregon
- Practicing Portraiture
- Amazing Cedar Cleaner & Sealing the Garden Bed and Outdoor Shower
- Collecting and planting moonflower seeds
- Reshaping the kidney sun island bed
- Finishing up the circle beds & planting cool season flower seeds
- Amazing Serendipity. An endangered tillandsia in my driveway!
- Adding Circle Beds for Roses & Planting Cool Season Flower Seeds
- Finishing projects… hollies, cypress trees, & juniper screen.