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Lawn & Garden

Florida gardening presents unique challenges, so we offer research-based assistance, information, and advice. Whether you are developing a vegetable garden, choosing landscape plants, or seeking information about lawn care, our resources will help you make your yard green and beautiful.

To find out what Extension services are available in your area or to get personal assistance, please contact your county Extension office.


Dish Gardens and Terrariums

Homeowners can use terrariums and dishes to hold and display miniature gardens for indoors. The type of container, combined with your control of the watering schedule, lets you grow a variety of plants that may not be suited to your outdoor environment. You will want to use small plants—those that can be found in two to three inch pots at nurseries or garden centers. In some cases, you can also use cuttings. When you choose plants, make sure  More»


Therapy Gardens

UF/IFAS horticulturist Erin Alvarez talks about the benefits of therapy gardens. More...  More»


Summer Vegetables

Florida gardens are unique in that many growers have their off-season in the summer. Florida’s summer sun takes a toll on traditional crops familiar in more northern gardens. Some of following crops, however, can withstand the heat and keep your vegetable garden productive. Vegetables For summer gardens to be successful, crops need a good start that enables them to stand up to disease and insect pressure in the humid, hot weather. To learn  More»


Plant of the Month: OIeander

Discover why oleander, a toxic flowering plant, is June's plant of the month. More...  More»


Planting in June

June marks the official start of summer, so it’s recommended that Florida gardeners continue to select heat-tolerant plants and vegetables. Learn what you should be planting in June with these gardening suggestions based on the state’s climate zones. Use the gardening region map to find your region. North Florida Annuals: Opt for annuals  More»