Larry Williams, UF/IFAS Extension Agent for Okaloosa County, offers lawn and garden advice specific to Northwest Florida.
689-5850 or 729-1400, Ext. 5850
Fall is an excellent time to plant shrubs and trees.
Because the air temperature is cooling, the plants planted during the fall will not produce much top growth. This is an advantage because the energy for growth is going into producing a root system. As temperatures warm in spring, plants established during the fall already have additional roots to support the new spring growth.
Trees and shrubs grown in containers can be planted any time. But when planted in spring
Over fifty percent of all the tree species that grow in North America are found in Florida. We have a great wealth of trees from which to choose. Even though some of the trees mentioned in this article are poorly available in the nursery trade, they are worth considering for our North Florida landscapes.
Crape myrtles consistently flower during late spring, summer and even into fall. Flower color varies from lavender, pink, purple, red to pure white, depending on variety. They provide