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 Florida is filled with beautiful native flowers, shrubs,

trees, and vines, of all shapes, colors, and sizes. 

Through the years I have found that using native plants

can really save on landscaping maintenance and the

pocket book.  I’m not a native plant elitist by any means

and have plenty of non-native plants in my yard. 

However, I am a lazy gardener and have found that

using native plants as often as possible makes my life

easier, not to mention the entertainment value of the

wildlife that it attracts.

If you’re interested in Florida’s plants and animals then

you may find something useful within my site.  Keep in

mind this is merely a compilation of my articles,

photos, videos, and such, and not an encyclopedia ...

although I wish it were ... maybe one day ... I can


Butterfly gardening in central Florida can be as easy as learning to identify the plants used by

our butterfly species for food, shelter, courtship and egg-laying.  Many plants that most people

consider weeds are important butterfly plants and are

totally free for you to use to create your own butterfly

garden.  Read my article Butterfly Gardening in

Central Florida to find out more.

Attracting birds to your garden follows the same

principles. Many plants that people have falsely

labeled as weeds, or trash plants, provide the

necessary food and shelter for Florida’s birds.  You

don’t need to spend a fortune on landscaping to

attract birds ... I bet you already have many plants in

your yard that the birds would love if you allowed

them to grow to their potential instead of mowing

them off.  Look through my article on Native Plants

for the Birds and see if you recognize any of them

in your yard.

Please take a minute to look around and see what

you can find and thanks for stopping by.


A male northern cardinal eating yaupon holly berries. A purple passion flower in all its glory.
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