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The Neighborhood Gardener – November

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Arranging Plants in the Landscape

Illustration from publication This newly published EDIS document by sustainable landscape design specialist Gail Hansen is a valuable introduction to organizing plants in your landscape. Hansen walks the reader through the process of creating an attractive landscape with vertical and horizontal layers and a repeating pattern of plants, all inspired by nature. Learn more.

How to be an Effective Lazy Gardener

You can have a beautiful garden while maintaining a "lazy gardener" lifestyle, if you follow these tips outlined by Lynn Barber, a Florida-Friendly Landscaping™ agent from Hillsborough County Extension. More.

Plant of the Month: Sasanqua Camellias

Pink sasanqua camellia flowerSasanqua camellias are lovely flowering shrubs that have been heralding the change of seasons for countless generations of Southerners. They bloom in the fall or early winter with a profusion of flowers that are typically white, pink, rose, red, or even variegated. There are compact forms, like 'Sparkling Burgundy' or 'Shishi Gashira', as well as taller forms like 'Kanjiro'. More

November in Your Garden

November is a great month to begin planting roses, and many tropical plants are beginning to bloom. Choose healthy vegetable and herb plants now for a quick-start garden. Be on the lookout for insect infestation and rust or other fungal infections for quick control.

For more month-by-month gardening tips, check out the Florida Gardening Calendar. Three different editions of the calendar provide specific tips for each of Florida's gardening regions—North, Central, and South. More

Friend or Foe? Friend: Cicada Killer Wasp

Cicada killer waspCicada killers, or giant ground hornets, are among the largest wasps in Florida. They are generally considered beneficial since they hunt cicadas, paralyzing the plant-feeding pests and burying them as food for wasp larvae. Only female cicada killers sting, but they rarely do, except when handled. More.

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