Many Tampa Bay area residents want to enhance their lawn’s appearance with landscape design, but don’t want to spend all of their free time managing upkeep. If you want to add color or dimension to your property, we can point you toward low-maintenance plants to complete the look!
Low-Maintenance Plants for Tampa Bay
We know our Burg and Bay residents enjoy an active lifestyle. However, it’s wise to be cautious grooming your yard in the harsh heat. Selecting low-maintenance plants like the ones listed below will spare you some summer sweat.
Flowers: Due to the colors and variety, flowers are a popular choice for people who want to improve the appearance of their yard. Not only are flowers visually appealing, but they can also attract butterflies and hummingbirds. We suggest planting:
- Wild sage
- Powderpuff/Sunshine Mimosa
- Blanket flower
- Spider lily
- Swamp or beach sunflower
- Tropical Sage
Each of these Florida Native plants will add color to your landscape design. The wild sage has white petals and a golden yellow center. Such bright spots of color would complement deep green agave stalks or the red blanket flower. The yellow swamp or beach sunflowers pair nicely with purple powder puffs, also known as the ‘Sunshine Mimosa.’ This is one of our favorite low-maintenance plants for its beauty and feel. Plus, the bees and butterflies love it!
Sunshine Mimosas are sensitive plants, meaning that their soft leaves close when touched. This is exciting to watch as an adult and an absolute wonder to children–a great way to get the kiddos interested in the garden.
If you’re looking to add some height, consider spider lilies and tropical sage, which have longer stems. Hummingbird lovers especially should look into the tropical sage. These tall wispy stalks are loaded with tiny red trumpets that hummingbirds can’t resist. Grab a glass of iced tea and watch these beauties as they beat their wings in a figure-eight pattern as they hover over your garden. They eat every ten minutes and hum, too, so you’ll hear them when they thank you.
Groundcover: This is a terrific way to cover a large area with something other than grass, mulch, or rocks. The soil in Clearwater tends to be sandy, so landscape design professionals in the area suggest Bluestem grass, autumn ferns, or Tampa Vervain. Each adds height and texture, and the Tampa Vervain has purple blossoms.
Of course, peanut grass is a popular perennial favorite. A luscious, green groundcover with edible, yellow flowers that make a salad sparkle. This particular peanut grass does not produce nuts, but does grow quickly and helps restore nitrogen in the soil. Tops on our list of highly recommended low-maintenance plants.
Palms: There’s no denying that Tampa Bay is host to many beautiful palms, and these trees certainly contribute to the tropical scene. The Cabbage, Coontie, and Paurotis palms are all native to Central Florida and can provide shade for other flora. Palmettos are shorter than palms; we suggest the Dwarf or Saw varieties because they require little care after they’re planted.
Professor Green Thumb for Low-Maintenance Plants and Landscape Design
Whether you want to put in some palms, attract the hummingbirds and butterflies to your garden, or simply save sweating for the gym, let the Professor Green Thumb Team guide your landscape design.
We can help you select drought-resistant and sun-tolerant plants that are low-maintenance. That way, you can improve your property’s appearance without the demand for strenuous upkeep after installation. We also offer specialty services like:
Call the professors at 727-417-3311 for a complimentary consultation and estimate.