•        Remember to feed your flower and vegetable
gardens once a month with an appropriate balanced
fertilizer. Be sure to follow all instructions on the package.

•        Plant bulbs that perform well here in central Florida
such as gladiolas, caladiums and cannas. When planting
gladiolas, consider staggering your plantings every two
weeks or so. This will extend the bloom season.

•        You can still plant okra, sweet potatoes, southern
peas, collards and cherry tomatoes in your vegetable
garden. They can withstand the hot summer, which we all
know is on its way.

•        Flowers to plant include marigolds, begonias,
coleus, zinnias, and celosia to name a few. Again, these
plants can tolerate the heat of summer.

•        Have any large, full trees pruned this month in
preparation for Hurricane Season. Yes, here it comes

•        Fertilize your lawns and shrubs to keep them green
and thriving.

•        Finish trimming and shaping Formosa azaleas by
the end of the month.
Current Specials
May Garden & Landscape Checklist

"The fair-weather
gardener who will do
nothing except when the
wind and weather and
everything else are favorable,
is never master of his craft."

      Canon Henry Ellacombe
Bloomin' Now?
African Iris
Bird of Paradise
Blue Daze
Confederate Jasmine
Nun Orchid
Mexican Cigar Plant
Firecracker Plant
Crepe Myrtle
Plant Spotlight:
Crepe Myrtle
Lagerstroemia indica

Viburnum                                     Was $10,                       Now $8.50

Ilex Schillings                              Was $10                      Now $8.50

Crepe Myrtles  4' - 6'                      Was $85                      Now $60

Crepe Myrtles 6' - 8'                     Was $125                    Now $75

Italian Cypress                               Was $70                      Now $49

Blooming Red Bottlebrush   Was $70/$100/$300  Now $50/$70/$200

Select Groundcovers                     Was $6                     Now $4

Podocarpus Hedge Plants 6'H      Was $85                      Now $45

Blooming 1g Perennials...............  $1.00-$4.00
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This month’s plant spotlight is also known as the ‘southern lilac’. Any
guesses as to what plant that might be? How about if I said it’s
botanical name was Lagerstroemia indica? Does that ring a bell?
That’s right…the Crape myrtle!
of pink, to lavender and then the brilliant shades of red and purple.
There are even some that are bi-colored. And as an added bonus,
some varieties have outstanding fall foliage in shades of red, orange
and yellow.
Crape myrtles are versatile in the landscape and can be used in
several different ways. A single specimen as the focal point of a
garden, as a hedge row for summer privacy (all varieties are deciduous
and loose their leaves in the fall), an excellent street tree, and even the
dwarf varieties can be trained as bonsai.
Flowering can begin as early as April with some varieties. One of the
common misconceptions regarding the flowering is that once the
flowers have faded and seed pods start to form, the show is over. Not
true! You will find that if you go through and trim out all the ripening  
 A crape myrtle is one
the most outstanding
colorful plants you will
notice in the summer
landscape. They come
in such a variety of
sizes and colors that
there is one to suit just
about any landscape
situation. Sizes range
anywhere from three
feet to over twenty feet
tall. As for colors, they
start with the purest of
white, to several     
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seed heads when all
the flowers have just
about faded, you will
persuade it bloom
again in four to six
weeks. If they begin
blooming early enough,
some times you can
trim the seed heads a
second time and
initiate a third flush of
Crape myrtles require
very little care and
once established, are
fairly drought tolerant.
They will do best
though with regular
irrigation. A dose of a
bloom fertilizer in April
never hurts either, as
this will promote more
and larger flowers. A
bloom fertilizer is one where the middle number of the analysis is the
largest. It would be the percentage of phosphorus in the fertilizer. For
example a 10-30-20 would be a bloom fertilizer.
Pruning crape myrtles is a subject that continues to be debated. Some
say they are better left alone while others state that they should be
pruned to maintain the best shape. Either is fine. Personally, we prune
ours here on the tree farm every January to keep them in good form. At
Woodlands Tree Farm you can select the perfect specimen for your
landscape from the large variety of crape myrtles in stock. From multi-
trunked specimens to single trunk trees. From white, several shades of
pink, lavender and red. From three feet tall to eight feet tall we got’em
all, something to fit every price range. Be sure to check out the crape
myrtle photo album in the web site. You’ll find photos and descriptions
on each variety we have available. Once you do you’ll be scrutinizing
your landscape for the perfect spot for some summer color.
'Catawba' Fall Foliage