Our mild Northwest Florida fall and winter climate makes it possible for property owners to enjoy a variety of beautiful flowering and green plants, trees and shrubs all year long. It also means that the sooner you get a jump-start on planning the landscape design for areas you may want to change, fill in or do over in spring, the smoother the landscape installation will go when it is time to begin the project.
We’ve come up with some ideas to inspire you as you think about what you’d like to see on your property, whether for pure aesthetics, as may be the case with your front yard, or for the living, entertaining or activity areas in your backyard.
Plan a Winter Wildlife Habitat
Northwest Florida is a spectacular place to enjoy a variety of bird species. If you live along the water, you’re probably aware that canals and estuaries provide sanctuary for nesting sea creatures. What you plant can provide food and shelter for both migrating and native bird species and the fish and sea life that thrives on those nutrients.
Various insects and birds descend on the Florida panhandle as they migrate to their winter habitats in Central or South America. Think about planting flowers that produce seeds that nourish birds. Shrubs and native ornamental grasses offer birds that live along the Gulf coast, a place to relax, nest, and even lay their eggs. Also, as an added benefit, these beautiful creatures add a great deal of interest to your property.
The Florida Native Plant Society is an excellent resource for finding native plants will enhance your property and attract wildlife to your property so you and your family can enjoy watching nature’s magic.
Add Flowers to Replace Dormant Perennials
Many flowering plants have a blooming cycle. For perennials, that cycle produces a variety of colors, sizes, textures and designs in spring and summer. While those plants get their winter beauty sleep, you can add color to your winter garden with cool weather annuals. Pansies and violas are familiar examples. If you have shady areas, consider one of the many unusual varieties of coleus to add color to your landscape.
Plant Tropical Bulbs
While your friends and family members who live up north may be adding Amaryllis and other tropical bulbs to their holiday gift-giving lists, Northwest Floridians can plant many of those bulbs in the ground in their yards and gardens. In Florida, the best time to plant Amaryllis bulbs in the soil is between September and January. If you plant these bulbs soon, it won’t be long until you’re enjoying these festive flowers as new members of your landscape design.
Let GreenEarth Help You Get the Most out of Your Northwest Florida Property
If you are thinking about changing or adding new growth to your landscape, our experienced landscape design experts can help you figure out a landscape installation plan that fills your property with winter interest while jump starting the spring flowering cycle.
At GreenEarth, we’ll recommend other colorful foliage alternatives to flowers, and we can assist you with landscape installation and landscape design. If you’d like a consultation on what foliage would work well in your garden, call our Panama City Beach office at (850) 236-1959, or call our Santa Rosa Beach office at (850) 267-0010 to set up an appointment.
You can also fill out the online form on our website to schedule a consultation or download our FREE Landscape Planning Guide below and start turning your dreams of a color-rich landscape into a reality.