EASY CARE PLANTS FOR ZONE 9a

Post last updated: September 13th, 2018

A large number of plants mentioned in gardening books and magazines won’t grow in Florida’s Zone 9a.

In north Florida, temperatures range from the mid-20’s in the winter to high heat and humidity in the summer. Finding plants that can handle both extremes is a challenge.

Adding to the gardener’s torment are big box garden centers with offerings that are not intended for Zone 9a. Always assume Mr. Big Box is confused. Whip out your smart phone before you whip out your wallet.

For the benefit of gardeners in our troublesome climate, I will be running a series on Easy Care Plants for Zone 9a. These plants have worked well for me, year after year, in handling North Florida’s temperature extremes.

14 thoughts on “EASY CARE PLANTS FOR ZONE 9a”

  1. So true! It’s the strangest thing to me…why sell something if it is just going to collapse two weeks later? Ugh. Most people do not know their USDA zone, and even if you do, let’s face it…the intense summers we have will fry almost everything if you aren’t careful. I have long since learned that “Full Sun” does not equate with “Full Texas Sun”.

    Looking forward to seeing more of your suggestions! 😀

    1. Ms. Doolittle – Why sell something that will collapse 2 weeks later? Either they have a national buyer or the buyer is not really educated on climates around the country. They even sell plants that are invasives for Florida. Then you have customers, who despite access to the internet, do not do their research before shopping or while shopping. Good to hear from you.

      1. Same here. No one does research, I’m afraid, and that’s why you end up with yards full of red top photinia and the like. I wish there were better buyers for these things. I mean, I am sure all states have their “best of” plant lists, similar to Texas! And if course, I also know they will keep selling it if people keep on buying it. Kinda like the boxed grit and mite-away things for parrots. Not needed, but there’s still a market for it.

        1. I don’t think plant nurseries should be allowed to continue selling a plant when it is listed as an invasive by state governments but they do. I see that Mexican Petunia in all the nurseries yet it is a Category 1 invasive. Again, it would languish on the shelf if people would do their research. It boggles my mind that consumers have been given a mini-computer with their smartphones but they don’t use it! I’m only 3 years into a smartphone because I couldn’t afford them until Nancy told me about the QVC/Tracfone. I whip that thing out the minute I have a question!

          1. Yes! Amen! There are so many invasives that need to be removed. There is one; I think it might be Russian Olive…that stuff is awful! And Chinese Privet. What a nightmare. I know! I use my cell phone for research almost exclusively…especially when I’m in a store, considering a product. So handy 😀

          2. I use my cell phone for texting and research. Hardly ever use it for talking. It’s not glued to my left hand the way it is for younger generations so I often forget to take it with me when I go off. I always remember it later when I need it. Like you, I really like having it for in-store research.

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