When springtime arrives in Florida in April, the state becomes a blaze of various colors. Warm weather generally has arrived for several months, making the spring growing season a prime time for the blooming of many flowering species of plants. Florida gardeners have many choices in annuals and perennials to plant in their gardens for a burst of color that will last for months. Even novice gardeners will have success in building an attractive, eye-catching flower garden.
Florida gardeners have many choices when it comes to April blooming annuals to add to their gardens. Many of these flowers attract butterflies, birds, as well as the delicate hummingbird. Wishbone flower (Torenia fournieri) grows well in all regions of the state. It has a medium growth rate, obtaining a height of one to two feet. Its flowers come in colors of lavender, pink, white and blue and attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Golden shrimp plant (Pachystachys lutea) grows in all regions of the state, with a medium growth rate. The plant reaches a height of two to three feet and produces yellow spring flowers. Zinnias (Zinnia) also grow in all regions of the state. This fast growing annual can reach a height of three feet depending on the cultivar. The flowers come in a wide range of colors and attract birds, butterflies and hummingbirds.
The Florida gardener can add quite a few perennials to their gardens that will give them springtime blooms year after year. Rain lilies (Zephyranthes) grow in all regions of the state, reaching a height of one-half to one foot tall. They come in colors of pink, yellow, white and red and received their name due to the fact they seem to bloom after the rain. Society garlic (Tulbaghia violacea) grows in all parts of the state at a medium-fast rate of growth and reaching a height of one to two feet. The plants produce lavender flowers in spring thru fall and the plant has a garlic smell. Kalanchoe (Kalanchoe blossfeldiana) does well in the central and southern regions of Florida, growing to a height of one foot. Flowers come in a range of colors of pink, red, yellow and orange, blooming spring through winter. Aztex lilies (Neomarica gracilis) grow in all parts of the state. They have a fast growth rate, reaching a height of two feet and producing red flowers in spring through summer.
Gardeners have many choices in ground covers that bloom in April and can act as a perennial or annual. Blue daze (Evolvulus glomerantus) grows in the central and southern regions of Florida with a medium growth rate. Plants can reach a height of two feet and produce a mass of tiny blue flowers in spring through summer. Star jasmine (Trachelospernum jasminoides) grows in all parts of Florida, with a fast growth rate. The plant produces white, showy flowers in spring that attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Bugleweed (Ajugareptans) does well in the north and central regions of the state, growing quite rapidly. It produces purple/bluish flowers in spring through summer.
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