The arrival of June usually brings the start of the rainy season. Now is a good time for home gardeners to think about which native plants they would like to add to their landscapes. Planning a new planting to correspond with the onset of the rainy season can save home gardeners time and irrigation water.
Residents should look around their yards for high spots and low spots (or remember places that might hold water during the rainy season). Understanding the subtle topography of their yard will help home gardeners determine which native plants to plant where. Low spots could transform into rain gardens with the appropriate plants that don’t mind wet feet. Examples include pink swamp milkweed (Asclepias incarnata), scarlet hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus), perfumed spiderlily (Hymenocallis latifolia), and blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium angustifolium).
Visit Cutting Horse Eco-Center (26268 Cutting Horse Lane, Bonita Springs) on Tuesdays or Saturdays from 10:00AM0-2:00PM to browse the native plant selection. The Eco-Center is managed by the Coccoloba Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPSCoccoloba.org) with volunteer assistance from the Naples Chapter (FNPSNaples.org). Questions about native plants for Collier County? Reach out to the Naples Chapter at Naplesnativeplants@fnps.org.