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Pygmy Date Palm, Roebelin Palm
Queen Palm
Gulf Stream Heavenly Bamboo
Yellow-Oleander, Lucky Nut
Ground Cover Natal Plum
Pygmy Date Palm, Roebelin Palm

Common name:Pygmy Date Palm, Roebelin Palm
Botanical name:Phoenix roebelenii

This tree will grow to about 10' tall and has dark green, spiny petiole foliage. It does well in full sun to heavy shade; it likes moderate to heavy irrigation, but can take periods of dryness.

Queen Palm

Common name:Queen Palm
Botanical name:Syagrus romanzoffianum

This palm has a very straight trunk to about 50' in height. It has arching, feathery, bright green, glossy leaves that can be 10'-15' long. It is fragile in heavy winds and a fast grower. It will become damaged in temperature below 24 degrees F.

Gulf Stream Heavenly Bamboo

Common name:Gulf Stream Heavenly Bamboo
Botanical name:Nandina domestica 'Gulf Stream'

Gulf Stream Heavenly Bamboo is a small shrub that is great for accenting because of its unusual red and yellow colored foliage.

Yellow-Oleander, Lucky Nut

Common name:Yellow-Oleander, Lucky Nut
Botanical name:Thevetia peruviana

This shrub or small tree wil grow 15'-30' high and has shiny green leaves accented by yellow apricot flowers. It does well with medium watering and thrives in full hot sun. This plant is poisonous if ingested.

Ground Cover Natal Plum

Common name:Ground Cover Natal Plum
Botanical name:Carissa macrocarpa 'Prostrata'

This wonderful ground cover will grow 2' high and can be trained as an espalier. It spreads quickly to provide good cover. It blooms with white flowers followed by red or purple fruit. Thorns make it a good barrier planting.

Designer: Violet Lawrence

Lush Green Grows the Garden

Photographer: GardenSoft

Soils and Compost:

Practice grass-cycling by leaving short grass clippings on lawns after mowing, so that nutrients and organic matter are returned to the soil.

Integrated Pest Management:

Attract, or buy beneficial insects such as ladybugs and lacewings to control pest outbreaks in your garden.