The Florida Wildflower Foundation is dedicated to discovering and sharing best practices for establishing native Florida wildflowers across our landscapes. Read on to see how you can bring wildflowers home.
Starting a Florida wildflower garden?
Planning for success
- For sunny gardens, choose a site that gets four or more hours of sun.
- For shady gardens, select a site with light daily or afternoon shade.
- Choose plants correct for your site’s conditions (wet, dry, shade, sun, etc.) and climate zone.
- Consult a native nursery to choose plants that bloom in different seasons.
- Use native grasses or groundcovers to fill space and add interest.
- Perform seasonal upkeep to remove weeds and debris.
- Let seeds dry and set naturally to produce plants next year.
Resources for Growing Wildflowers
- Plant Real Florida – learn all about the native plants that will do best in your area.
- Florida Association of Native Nurseries – locate wholesale and retail sources of Florida native plants
- Florida Wildflower and Plant Growers Association – source of Florida wildflower seeds and plants
- Florida-Friendly Plant Database – provided by Florida Yards and Neighborhoods
- Florida Trees for Urban and Suburban Sites – University of Florida/IFAS Tree Selector Database
- American Society of Landscape Architects – Designing Our Future: Sustainable Landscapes (website)
- Find Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Programs in your county (website)
- The Florida Yards and Neighborhoods Handbook (PDF)
- The Florida Friendly Landscaping Guide to Plant Selection & Landscape Design (PDF)
- Adopting a Florida-Friendly Landscape: Steps to Converting a Traditional Development Landscape to a Florida-Friendly Landscape (website)
- WaterWise: South Florida Landscapes South Florida Water Management District Plant and Landscape Practices Guide (PDF)
- Southwest Florida Water Management District – Florida-friendly landscaping videos, advice and workshops (website)
- Southwest Florida Water Management District – Homeowners/Community Associations (website)
- WaterWise: Florida Landscapes St John’s River Water Management District landscaping (website)
- Know your Irrigation Contractor Brochure – Florida Irrigation Society (PDF)
- The Wildflowers, Naturally! Program (website)
- Landscape for Life – How to work with the nature in your garden based on the principles of the Sustainable Sites Initiative™ (website)
- Sustainable Site Initiative (website)
- Summary of Florida Green Industries Best Management Practices for Protection of Water Resources in Florida, 2002 (PDF)
- Green Industry-BMP Training & Program Overview (website)
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program – Low Impact Development (website)
- Florida-Friendly Landscaping – Professional’s Corner (website)
- Southwest Florida Water Management District – Florida-Friendly Landscaping for Builders, Developers and Landscape and Irrigation Professionals (website)
- American Society of Landscape Architects – Sustainable Landscaping (website)
- Florida Irrigation Society (website)
- UF Center for Aquatic and Invasive Plants – Invasive Plant Management Plans (website)