Here are some of the most common plants for central Florida landscaping.


The variegated cream and green leaves make this plant a crowd favorite, it’s the too-good-to-be-true plant. May be used in many different applications from a formal hedge to a nice filler. This is a plant you can’t do without.

Ilex Shilling

Trouble-free, medium growing hedge or background for flower borders. Popular foundation plant. Durable and long-lived.


The hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) is probably the most widely domestically developed landscape/pot plant in the world.  It most likely is native to China and southeast Asia but was distributed to the Polynesian Islands over the centuries and to the rest of the world in the last couple hundred years.  It has become so much a part of Polynesia that Hawaii has made it their State Flower.

Ginger Variegated

Variegated Ginger is one of few plants that can grow incomplete shade. Its colors are very bright and the plant also has a nice aroma.


As a specimen shrub, freestanding where its shape and beauty can be appreciated (and good air circulation can help keep pests down). Place near an outdoor living area where its fragrance can be enjoyed.

Foxtail Fern

The Foxtail fern has a strong central stem with dark green, dense needle-like foliage makes an excellent mid-size groundcover.

Flax Lilly

Flax Lily plants have a foliage that looks similar to the Iris and shoot their blooms well above their foliage as well. However, instead of large blooms they have smaller daisy-like or drooping flowers.The Falx lilly will adapt to Sunny to semi-shade areas, and grow best in warm climates.

Croton Mammy

This colourful variety of croton has narrow, twisted leaves. The red, green, yellow, and almost-black colors on this plant have earned it the nickname fire croton.


Evergreen shrub best suited for use as a hedge or low growing border. Fairly small, oblong dark green leaves all year long. Moderate growth rate – enjoys part sun/ part shade best, and cool, moist soil with organic content. Soil needs to be well drained. very hardy variety of boxwood. Very compact, dense growth habit.


Azaleas are part of the same plant family as rhododendrons. Azaleas are commonly used as shrubs to add color and greenery to a garden. Azaleas can be deciduous (dropping their leaves) or evergreen. They like cool, shady spots, and prefer acidic soil. Azaleas do not like excess water and do best in well-drained soil.


Best flowering in full sun. Performswell in hot and humid climates, Prompt removal of spent flowers will promote a more profuse bloom.

African Iris

The Iris are often grown in borders because the narrow leaves are evergreen, and provide a strong vertical element. They’re good along foundations as wellas they will form a dense fan shaped clumps of leaves, and make a dramatic ground cover under trees.

Ixora Maui

Ixora may be the most common flowering shrub seen in Florida, It has many uses and produces a lovely bouquet of red or yellow flowers. This by far one of Florida’s favorites.

Lantana Purple

Lantana will add vibrant long-lasting color to shrub groupings. This is a fast growing shrub that is quick to flower. Lantana tolerates salt spray and can be used in beach plantings.

Lantana Yellow

Lantana will add vibrant long-lasting color to shrub groupings. This is a fast growing shrub that is quick to flower. Lantana tolerates salt spray and can be used in beach plantings.


Liriope works well in groups or as a border for landscaping beds and grows well in shady areas.


The semi-evergreen perennial can be used as a large border plant or specimen shrub. Small vivid pink tassel flowers open along matured branches in spring or early summer and a light flush may occur in fall. This is one of the premier bushes in our area!

Muhly Grass

Muhly Grass, Muhlenbergia capillaris, is a must have for the low maintenance garden. Pink Muhly Grass is an absolute show stopping source of late-season color. When summer is winding down and all the your beautiful blooms from summers annuals and perennials are fading, your pink muhly grass with its giant puffs of cotton candy pink like plumes is beginning its autumn dance of color.

Orange Bird Of Paradise

The popular Birds-of-Paradise plant bears a unique flower that resembles a brightly colored bird in flight, giving it the common name, Bird of Paradise. The Birds-of-Paradise flowers make the plant an exceptionally attractive landscape plant.

Croton Petra

Croton Petra is very bright in color and should be planted in full sunlight and is a very low maintenance plant.


Plumbago is an extremely reliable, resilient plant which has been popular for home gardens as well as for commercial landscapes for many years. Plumbago may be found in gardens all over the world.

Red Fountain Grass

Fountain grass is an attractive perennial grass with a densely clumped growth form and erect stems that grow 2 to 3 feet high. The small flowers of fountain grass are grouped in pink or purple.

Red Ti Plant

Red Ti also known as twisted sister can grow in full sun or shaded areas, and comes in  different shades of reds.

Snow Bush

This plant which really has nothing to do with winter likes to grow in full sun and is very pretty which lots of different colors.

Gold Mound

Gold mound duranta is a great plant if you would like to plant something bright and color. Its bright gold color goes great with all landscaping.

Variegate Pittosporum

Variegated Pittosporum features beautiful creamy white and green foliage, its unique creamy colors go great against the foliage of other plants.

Viburnum Odoratissimum

Use sweet viburnum as a hedge plant when a tall, thick, impenetrable screen is desired. In Central and South Florida, it is used for noise control, often by planting as a buffer between neighborhoods and highways. It may also be pruned to be tall but narrow, and used for complete enclosure of patio gardens.

Viburnum Suspensum

Suspensum viburnum is a reliable and trouble-free evergreen shrub with a fairly rapid growth rate. Makes an excellant medium size hedge and does well in both sun and shade.


This philodendron bears lush foliage with a dusty pink midrib beneath. It can best be described as a much more compact and more densely foliated Philodendron. Unlike almost all other Philodendron species its foliage and form actually improves as the plant develops. The leaves have a lovely deep serration, very appealing.

Mexican Petunia

The petunia is a type of flower that thrives in well-drained soil and full sunlight. It’s often found in flower beds and containers where it’s mixed with other types of flowers. The petunia is popular because it’s a strong plant that can survive even in frosty conditions.Petunias come in five primary colors: yellow, pink, red, white and purple. Petunias are also available in a mixture of colors, such as pink and white.

Bush Daisy

This Daisy works well as a perennial border or as a stand-alone specimen. Bush-daisy also is grown in planters and as a foundation plant.

Copper Leaf Plant

You can use it in mixed hedges or alone; in either case, it will be a striking addition to your garden. Do remember that a frost can do a great deal of damage to this plant, which is why many people in more northerly latitudes will tend to grow it indoors.

Dwarf Fire Bush

Clusters of firey-orange tubular blooms are seemingly born throughout the year atop this miniature growing plant. This compact form lends it to smaller spaces and makes a great container specimen.

Gulfstream Nandina

If you are looking for a shrub that has lacy foliage; colorful fall foliage color, interesting flowers, autumn berries and is evergreen, take a good look at a Nandina. This plant has just about everything a homeowner could ask for, all in one plant.

Ligustrum Howard

Extremely tolerant of a wide variety of soil conditions, ligustrum is a strong, sturdy plant requiring little care other than regular pruning to maintain the shape of the plant. This plant is most commonly known to be used as a hedge.


The Podocarpus Shrub Plant has long skinny leaflet, which forms a unique looking hedge, plant this hedge row and have a one of kind classy hedge row or trim as a formal accent specimen.

Firecracker Plant

Coral plant is often grown in hanging baskets. It does well on the patio or indoors in front of a window. Outdoors, let coral plant spill over a wall or raised bed. Stems can be tied to a trellis or wall.