Favorite Florida Perennials

swamp lily flowerYou just can’t find a flower or plant easier to grow in Florida than old-fashioned favorite perennials. It shouldn’t take a whole lot of work to enjoy a beautiful garden, it’s just a matter of choosing the right plants. We’ve put together this list of no-fail favorite perennials for you to enjoy from spring until fall.

Obedient Plant - This fast-spreading perennial offers beautiful spikes of snapdragon-like blooms in late summer. Native to the region, if given plenty of room to roam, it will add easily-grown grace to your garden. It’s scientific name (or binomial) is Physostegia virginiana and it can grow up to 4 feet tall and 4 feet wide in full sun or part shade and moist soil. Grow with Black-eyed Susans for a stunning contrast in color and texture, in zones 4-8.

Crinum - Sometimes called a bog lily or swamp lily for its love of moist soil, this highly resilient plant yields bold clusters of pink, purple, or white fragrant flowers from spring to fall. It’s binomial is Crinum americanum and it grows best (up to 2 feet tall and wide) in full sun and moist soil. Grown with daylilies in zones 9-11, the combination yields beautiful foliage and similar clusters of flowers.

Yellow Flag Iris - With its love of wet areas, like near a water garden or pond, the Yellow Flag Iris blooms offer color in spring and the evergreen foliage adds interest the rest of the year. It’s binomial is Iris pseudacorus and it will grow up to 5 feet tall and 2 feet wide in full sun or part shade and moist soil. To add playful contrasts in shape and texture, grow it with Ranunculus in zones 5-8.

Canna - is a tropical garden classic: Its triumphant foliage and large, multi petaled flowers add distinctive summer beauty to the garden. Search out varieties such as 'Pretoria' with variegated foliage for even more landscape interest. Its binomial is Canna indica and it grows up to 7 feet tall and 2 feet wide in full sun and moist, well-drained soil. Grow it with Lantana, which acts as a great and flowery skirt at the base of the tall canna, in zones 8-11
Zones: 8-11

Phlox - Beloved by gardeners, bees, and butterflies, phlox adds showy flowers starting in early summer and continuing through the season. Many are also wonderfully fragrant, especially on warm, humid evenings. The scent can fill the yard -- or the house if you cut the flowers and bring them inside. It’s binomial is Phlox and it grows up to 3 feet tall and 2 feet wide in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil. For a display that butterflies can’t resist, grow it with purple coneflower in zones 3-8

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INCREDIBLE WORK BY MANSFIELD LANDSCAPING!! After obtaining numerous landscaping estimates to help transform our extremely large, unattractive corner lot in the Village of Largo we hired Mansfield. We sure made the right choice!! The owners, Steve and Ron, were extremely professional and prompt and spent a lot of time talking with us on the phone and in person to make sure we got what we wanted. As promised, they started the work 10 days later and COMPLETELY transformed the look of our entire home!! Our property went from the "eyesore of the neighborhood" (a quote from one of our neighbors) to stunning!! I am not exaggerating one bit. During the time Ron and his excellent crew were planting the 11 very large palm trees and countless plants and flowers and the past week when we've been watering all the landscaping at least 100 people have stopped by in their cars and golf carts to comment on what an amazing job Mansfield did!!! We couldn't be happier and can 100% recommend them to everyone.

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We have just completed a large landscaping job with Steve Mansfield and are totally pleased and impressed with the quality of the work, the overall appearance and the end product. The job was completed within a week of the estimate and far below other estimates. With those estimates the jobs could not have been started for over a month, at a much higher cost. We went to the nursery with our outside pictures and chose the specific trees we wanted in our yard. This was a long process, but well worth the effort. Steve likes to talk, but he estimated the job that we wanted with the exact trees we wanted to our total satisfaction.

Anonymous (The Villages)

We agree with Angie. Our landscaping was done by Mansfield Landscaping when we purchased our new home. Almost two years later one of our Sylvester palms was dying. We contacted Steve, and 2 days later the dying Sylvester was removed and new one planted...and at no cost. That is what we call service! We still receive compliments on the landscaping wall, islands, etc. Highly recommend Mansfield Landscaping.

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We are delighted with the beautiful landscaping work at our home. The workers were enjoyable to have at our home and the result is even better than we had hoped for. Now we see a gorgeous palm tree and other plantings. It is wonderful to walk in the front door and have our new view. It is a lovely walk through a garden. We couldn’t be happier.

Lee and Judy Jacobs

We made our decision to go with Mansfield Landscaping after seeing beautifully landscaped homes. First of all, we were very pleased with how easy it was to get in touch with them and to schedule an appointment in a short amount of time. Steve was very thorough with information about everything we needed to know on the phone, and our meeting with Ron was very pleasant. He listened to our ideas and came up with just what we were looking for within our budget. The work crew were very courteous and the job was completed in the time agreed upon with no payment until everything was finished to our satisfaction. We have received many compliments about our landscaping already. We especially love looking at the gorgeous triple Sylvester palm as we sit in our lanai.

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Dave and Amy Hibbs (The Villages)

Steve Mansfield and his crew are the best. Our fantastic landscaping was done in August. I happened to be in the front yard recently when Steve drove by. He stopped and asked how everything was going. His crew will wave when they go by. They do great work and are also very nice friendly people. We are really glad we had Mansfield as our landscaper!

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I wanted to take a minute to personally thank you for the great job you and your staff did on my back yard at my house. Everything turned out so beautiful. Every time I call you, I receive great, on time service at a fair price. You cannot ask for anything more than that.

Thanks again for having your staff stop by and put out the colorful annuals, just in time for Stephanies wedding. It really added that finishing touch to my already beautiful yard. Thanks for everything.

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