At Coconut Grove, we pay close attention to the plants that go into our landscaping creations. We make a point of using plants that will complement each other and the style of your home and provide a welcoming atmosphere for your guests. Here are just some of the front yard favorites of Florida gardening and landscaping we use in our projects.
- Pentas are a classic choice, a low-maintenance perennial whose striking clusters of red, pink, white or lavender flowers are always a hit with butterflies and hummingbirds.
- Gerbera flowers from spring to fall with daisy-shaped blossoms likewise favored by pollinators.
- Bolivian sunset gloxinia bears vivid orange flowers in late autumn and winter, making it perfect for bringing a touch of winter color to your yard.
- Mexican heather is a staple of Florida gardening and valued by landscapers as a ground cover, with dark foliage and charming white or lavender-pink flowers in bloom almost year-round.
- Coreopsis is Florida’s state flower, a cheery and drought-resistant plant that shows off daisy-shaped golden flowers — or, thanks to the efforts of plant breeders, various other shades of yellow, orange, pink and red — almost all year.
Beautiful Shrubs & Bushes
Shrubs and bushes can help define the look of a yard and provide borders around a landscape bed.
- The coontie is a shrub-sized cycad with feathery leaves not unlike palm fronds, popular in North Florida for being cold-hardy and salt-tolerant while imparting a tropical look.
- Fakahatchee grass grows in shrub-sized clumps that are useful for defining borders in a landscape.
- Oakleaf hydrangea sports small white flowers in the summer and grows well in shade, ideal for understory planting and landscaping around trees.
- The southern shield fern is a deer-resistant plant with light green fronds, quick to spread and popular as a ground cover.
- The saw palmetto is a clumping palm, salt-tolerant and well-suited to coastal landscapes, with fan-shaped leaves that make it excellent for ground cover or privacy hedges.