If you love gardening and landscape design, you’re lucky if you live in Southern Florida. The sunny, tropical climate means you can grow anything, all year round. Palms and ornamental trees in Florida landscaping are common. Likewise, ornamental grasses, cacti, and succulents can add a lot of texture to your landscaping.
Among the most unusual ornamental trees that you can grow in your yard is the ponytail palm. This unique plant is not really a palm, but is a giant succulent. This unusual plant can grow taller than 15 feet and the base of the stem is quite large. The long, green, narrow leaves can grow from 90″ to 180″ long and the ponytail palm can live for hundreds of years.
While the ponytail palm has a masculine look, the powder puff tree blossoms with delicate, feminine deep pink flowers. The powder puff is a small, multi-trunk tree, reaching a height and width of 12 to 15 feet. It’s a graceful and fragrant tree, blooming in the winter with 2″-3″ powder-puff flowers.
Southern Florida is prone to hurricane damage. Ornamental grasses are not only an incredibly attractive addition to your yard, but they’re also hurricane resistant. While high winds can tear up and permanently damage a tree, ornamental grasses simply bend in the wind. If they are torn up by the wind, they’ll quickly grow back.
For all types of homegrown tropical plants, including ornamental trees in Florida, visit Plant Life Farms in Homestead. www.plantlifefarms.com