Drought-tolerant, low-maintenance plants for Southern 'Florida yards' and 'Florida Landscapes'

Jody Haynes, Adrian Hunsberger, John Mclaughlin, Laura Vasquez


'Florida Yards' are privately-owned residential properties that adhere to the nine 'Florida-friendly' landscaping principles of the University of Florida's Florida Yards & Neighborhoods (FYN) program. Similarly, 'Florida Landscapes' are public landscaped areas that follow FYN principles. We have developed a list of over 350 native and non-native drought-tolerant, low maintenance plant species in the following categories: perennials; annuals and bedding plants; shrubs; flowering and shade trees; fruit trees; palms, cycads and palm-like plants; ornamental grasses; groundcovers; vines; epiphytes; and herbs and vegetables. All plants on this list fulfill the requirements of the FYN program and, therefore, are hereafter considered recommended plants for 'Florida Yards' and 'Florida Landscapes' in southern Florida. This list was developed for homeowners, garden groups, local government personnel, and other stakeholder groups in southern Florida participating in the FYN program.

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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283