I love gardening, even in this difficult Miami climate you can still find lots of flowers and beautiful gardens. Here are some of my first Miami Gardening tips and a mini tour of some of my Miami garden.When you decide to start gardening in Miami, the first thing you have to deal with is BUGS. We just have tons of pests!!! It’s icky. So I try to look for plants that don’t have a lot of pests and just keep them healthy. I use high pressure on my hose to blast off bugs under leaves and on pant stems. You just have to constantly check them and keep up with it.
This is the beginnings of my Queen’s Wreath (aka: Bluebird Vine, Sandpaper Vine, Petrea volubilis, Florida Wisteria). These tiny purple flowers create hanging grape-like clusters and such lovely abundance of purple color for a few months out of the year in Miami. The rest of the time this pretty vine can offer you lovely greenery and shade over a pergola. Golden Dew Drop (aka: Sky Flower, Pigeon Berry, Duranta erecta ‘Geisha Girl’) this SUPER poisonous bush is loved by bees and butterflies. Just do not let little ones eat any part of it. It’s all poisonous. I love them because they make my bees happy and my butterflies love them. Whatever they love, I love! Creeping Fig (aka: Climbing Fig, Creeping Ficus (Ficus pumila) are great additions to your Miami garden. I just planted a few to begin covering the back concrete wall in my backyard. It will make a nice lush green backdrop and cover up that dull wall.
I’m half Persian, so I LOVE lemons and limes! I learned the hard way that you don’t want to plant citrus trees directly in the ground in Miami. It takes years and year and years before they will grow and mature enough to flower and fruit. The roots need to establish first, remember that. Also they are full of pests and it’s hard to keep them healthy in the ground. I found buying a HUGE pot from Costco or Home Depot is the best way. Not plastic pots please! In less than a year I already have my first flower buds!!!! Amazing! The roots established and since the entire tree is contained when it gets pests I’m on top of it and rip off any leaves with those bugs that dig inside them and use the hose at high pressure to clean off any bugs sticking to the stem or hiding under leaves. I do this every watering or at least once a week just to keep up with the bugs. You don’t want to let it go too long because it can get out of hand fast! The one in the ground got so invested it will just need to be cut down. Never let it get to that point. I don’t use sprays or chemicals. Just some good old organic citrus fertilizer.I had no idea Aloe had flowers! Not only that, but they are pretty! The bees are not the only ones that love these flowers. There is this tiny little bird that is all over them every morning and evening. The cutest little bird ever with a little yellow under it’s cute belly. Only the little guy is too fast and I haven’t been able to get a photo yet. This is right below one of our windows so we get to watch him pretty close up without him knowing. All I can say is that if you’re looking for plants and you see bees all over them, BUY THEM!!!! You owe it to the environment and our precious bees. They keep making hybrids of flowers that look fuller and better to us, but the bees will not touch them. So do not buy these horrible abominations. Buy flowers that are bee approved! Succulents are great for Miami. I just bought one of these for $1 or $2 and ignored them. They flower sometimes and have tons of little babies everywhere. You cannot go wrong. They are lovely year round. Want something to add some color but is SUPER low maintenance? Ground orchids are your friends! They come in lots of colors and once established (did not take long at all) will pretty much always have flowers. Like always. The neighbor across the street has some that are huge and ALWAYS blooming purple flowers. So get a bunch and landscape with them. Trust me!!!
Next gardening post I’m going to be talking about roses!!! Oh and David Austin Garden Roses!!! Yes yes yesssss!!! Eventurally once it’s all in full bloom I’ll do an official garden tour.
So what’s growing in your garden? What are your favorite low maintenance flowering plants? Share any Miami gardening tips in the comments! I would love to hear them!