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Add A Little Frostiness To Your Florida Landscape

In  Northwest Florida, the temperatures have been a bit warmer than some would like  during a holiday season.  If you have  dreams of Jack Frost nipping at your nose or seeing your good friend Frosty the  Snowman, take heart.  Today’s article  will bring visions of winter wonderlands to your Florida garden.

Diamond  Frost® – Euphorbia graminea

Diamond Frost Euphorbia is a jewel of a plant and  one of the shining stars in the horticulture industry. Home gardeners will love  the non-stop color, versatility and ease of maintenance this plant offers.

From spring until fall frost, Diamond Frost  Euphorbia produces clouds of dainty white bracts (colored leaves). It grows 6  to 12 inches tall and 20-plus inches wide.   Its sprawling growth habit cascades over the sides of containers or  fills in spaces within landscape beds. It also gives a dramatic solo  performance in hanging baskets, engulfing them with spherical mounds of color  that look like snowballs in the summer landscape.

The leaves of Diamond Frost Euphorbia are tiny,  gray-green and masked by the colorful bracts and tend to fade into the  background.

Diamond Frost Euphorbia prefers morning sun,  afternoon shade and moist, well-drained soil. It is self-grooming in that the  old flowering bracts will wither and drop off, so they don’t have to be removed  by hand to maintain a neat appearance. Diamond  Frost is moderately salt tolerant – it can withstand the amount of salt  encountered when planted 30 feet or more from the source of the salt.

This plant is a member of the poinsettia family and  produces a sticky latex-like sap when cut.  Most people will have little or no reaction  due to sap exposure. However, people with sensitive skin or latex allergies  should be cautious when handling euphorbias. If you have ever experienced a  skin irritation due to contact with poinsettias you should be cautious with all  euphorbia.

Although Diamond Frost Euphorbia is a summer annual,  containerized plants can be over-wintered indoors in a bright, sunny location  and then taken outside again after the last spring frost.

Iceberg Rose

Looking  for that wholesome white rose to add to your landscape?  This pure white floribunda rose was  introduced in 1958 and remains in the nursery trade.

Its  long pointed bud opens into a medium sized, ruffled flower with about 25  petals.  Flowers form in large clusters  typical of floribunda roses and are scented with a honey-like fragrance.

This  vigorous upright grower has light green leaves and grows to about three to five  feet tall and wide.

Iceberg rose

Snow White Tomato

True  tomato lovers enjoy trying new varieties although growing them can be  challenging in our Northwest Florida environment.

If  you crave a different-looking small tomato that delivers a big punch of  sweetness, try the Snow White tomato.  It  is a cherry tomato but turns from white to pale yellow as it matures.  They are just the perfect size for snacking  or salads.

Florida Blizzard Caladium

Caladiums are ornamental plants that  display a wide diversity of leaf shapes, colors, and vein patterns that are  rarely found in other cultivated plant species.   Their colorful leaves rival many flowers, and the plants grow well in  summer heat and shady conditions.

Developed by the University of Florida  caladium breeding program, Florida  Blizzard is an attractive addition to the white fancy-leaved cultivar  group with its unique foliar color pattern.   Released in 2001, it has white veins, large white blotches, and dark-green margins.

These are just a few of the “coolest” plants around.  So if Santa drops a gift card in your  Christmas stocking this year, put a little frostiness in your Florida  landscape.

Florida Blizzard

Photo credits:  UF/IFAS

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Theresa Friday is the Environmental Horticulture Agent  for Santa Rosa           County.

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For more information or if you have a question, call The University of Florida/IFAS-Santa Rosa County Extension, at 850-623-3868, between the hours of 8:00 am and 4:30 pm weekdays.  Hearing-impaired individuals may call Santa Rosa County Emergency Management Service at 983-5373 (TDD).

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