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EASY CARE PLANTS FOR ZONE 9a • Southern Rural Route

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.