BEST PLANTS FOR A SOUTH FLORIDA GARDEN: A Landscape Architect's guide to plant zones 9b, 10a, 10b,11

BEST PLANTS FOR A SOUTH FLORIDA GARDEN: A Landscape Architect's guide to plant zones 9b, 10a, 10b,11

Hi Gardening friends, today I go over my recommended plants for a South Florida Garden. I concentrated this video to cover shrubs, ground covers and vines. I save my recommendations for trees, palms and accents for another future video, since video is already long- over 30 minutes. We hope you find value in this information. And please consider subscribing to our channel so you can get all the related videos as soon as I post them. Thanks

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I’m Michael and I love everything green. I’m a Registered Landscape Architect, General Contractor and Environmentalist. I have over 33 years experience in the design, installation and maintenance of resilient gardens & interior plants.

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  1. Allison Buitron on October 8, 2022 at 7:22 pm


  2. John Galbavy on October 8, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    We got…. to get together… Mr Mike! Enjoy the playgrounds! – signed fellow plant nerd!!!!

  3. Val Eria on October 8, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    Buganvillas are wonderful but we live next to a canal and the iguanas/lizards eat them !!!!!! How can I get them to stop eating the tender leaves and branches ?

  4. Chris Dellinger on October 8, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    You have a great helper there! 👍

  5. bee lion on October 8, 2022 at 7:29 pm

    Thanks for sharing. The boy was also a cool kid.

  6. Allison Buitron on October 8, 2022 at 7:33 pm

    This is the best south Florida plant video I’ve ever watched! Super informative and beats the 10 trips I’ve made to the botanical garden in terms of knowing the plant name and how it grows. This is super helpful for me to decide on my new landscaping! Ty Ty Ty!

  7. Rowena Dinsmore on October 8, 2022 at 7:34 pm

    Where is this nursery?

  8. MP petrikas on October 8, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Great video!!

  9. Halo N on October 8, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Your son going to be next you lol

  10. Kathryn Jackson on October 8, 2022 at 7:38 pm

    I want you to know I started many videos about Florida zone 9b plants…yours is the only one worth watching the whole program. I just moved into my last home! I want to design a garden that can become my refuse after work. I have inherited several plants with the house…that the realtor gathered and planted haphazardly. She admitted most of what she planted were ate by the wild rabbits. There are several climbers and some plants I am unsure of. Thank you for this video. I am really looking forward to seeing all your videos!

  11. Fermin Manuel Ferro on October 8, 2022 at 7:40 pm

    Thanks for the informative video!

  12. lizaliza33011 on October 8, 2022 at 7:44 pm

    Can you name of the nursery

  13. Art Creatively Done on October 8, 2022 at 7:46 pm

    Good information! Do you have a video on edible ornamental plants?

  14. Paulette24 on October 8, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Hi Michael, I would like to know which nursery this is, it looks like the have an abundant array of plants here. I am located in Broward also.

  15. Trini Lisa on October 8, 2022 at 7:49 pm

    Just found your channel. So informative. I have to have a look around your channel. We just purchased a new construction home and the soil is very sandy. Can we plant in that? Or do we have to replace it with soil. I have experience this and I’m new to gardening. Thanks

  16. Just Me on October 8, 2022 at 7:50 pm

    This is great! Your co-star really helped me “feel” like I was there!

  17. David Sauma on October 8, 2022 at 7:52 pm

    Hello I just came across this video I am in Miami and looking for a ground cover that would be a substitute for grass in other words no mow so cant grow to high been looking at the dwarf mondo grass. but not sold on it
    some one recommended red creeping thyme but some say good to zones 8 /9 others 10
    what would you suggest ?

  18. Mariella Marrero on October 8, 2022 at 7:54 pm

    Michael, you did a great job on this video. Very informative, and the plant list at the end shows that you are someone who goes "above and beyond". Could you share the name of the nursery you visited so that we can visit there as well?

  19. Ana Maria Guadayol on October 8, 2022 at 7:55 pm

    Beautiful, I am in the Redlands 💕

  20. Bonnie Gautreaux on October 8, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Can you post the plant list or email it to me if I give you my email address?

  21. Saipandahaha on October 8, 2022 at 7:56 pm

    Would be interested to know what cut flowers would grow well in these zones -besides the typical tropical flowers like heliconia, etc.

  22. Deborah Walker on October 8, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    Lovely tour. What is the name & location of this garden center? Thank you.

  23. Diana Borges on October 8, 2022 at 7:58 pm

    What a wondrefull and informative video! Love the way you are teaching little Mickel the love for plants , he will be an amazing gardener.

  24. Ruth Ballenger on October 8, 2022 at 8:00 pm

    Do a video with plants iguanas don’t eat please! 🤗

  25. raymond mendez on October 8, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Michael .. where is that nursery located ?

  26. Mariangie on October 8, 2022 at 8:01 pm

    Your son is adorable! A future you tube influencer!

  27. dave sanz on October 8, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Where can i buy the plants please?

  28. R OME place on October 8, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Beautiful plants..

  29. Lu Malt on October 8, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    The best information!!! Thank you!!!

  30. Kevin Elsasser on October 8, 2022 at 8:08 pm

    Hi Michael. I stumbled upon this video and channel by accident. I was searching for South Florida gardening videos and this one popped up — and it made me so happy! I live in South Florida and because of Covid and my underlying health condition, I haven’t been to a nursery in over a year — and the one featured in this video is one of my favorites. In fact, now that I’ve received both vaccinations, I’m counting down the days to be able to make some nursery visits/purchases to tackle some of the landscaping projects I’ve stared at for the past year. (I’ve made do with weeding and growing things from cuttings and harvested seeds.) I’m looking forward to exploring more of your videos. Have a great day — and thanks again for this.

  31. jesus galdamez on October 8, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Hey what part of Florida is this nursery

  32. Gloria Bischoff on October 8, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    Hi Michael, I just came upon you channel and I am new to South Florida. Do you have any ideas for plants that will do well in containers. I don’t have a large space but would love to add ‘color’ to my containers around my property. Thank you

  33. Michelle Delmas on October 8, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    What nursery is this?

  34. Mariangie on October 8, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Do a video for plants to grow under oak trees!

  35. Toni Tarracino on October 8, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    It’s probably far too late to ask this question but where can I find a list from the first section, the flowering plants? I recently relocated to the Clearwater area after spending my whole life in Key West and I have the space and time to garden now and I am particularly interested in flowering species. I am actually familiar with all of the plants that you showed but I have not tried to grow most of them as in Key West they were already there! If you see this thank you in advance, also if it’s here right in front of me and I don’t see it I apologize as I am fairly new to YouTube. I subscribed and I’m looking forward to looking through your content. Thanks again 😊
    P.S. wonderful to see you teaching your nephew by example. I did the same with my daughters but my grandsons are heavy duty into sports and video games 🤷🏻‍♀️

  36. Kathryn Mcmenemy on October 8, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Hey Michael,Great video! I recognize both nursery’s,I love them both. I was wondering if you had a website I could visit. I’m looking for some help updating my yard in Weston.

  37. Cheryl Comes on October 8, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    Your son is adorable.. he should have a youtube video.. I enjoy his enthusiasm and knowledge .

  38. asasupplies on October 8, 2022 at 8:15 pm

    The little boy reminds me of my nephew….sounds just like him.. I miss him so much. RIP Bryan

  39. Peggy Alperin on October 8, 2022 at 8:16 pm

    You listed several colorful plants at the end of your list as coleus and they are copper leafs.

  40. Michele Santucci on October 8, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    It’s the end of February 2021 in south FL. They are outside in the windy garden and the 8 yr old kid is wearing a mask. Sounds like dad is not. WTF?

  41. Jim Wolff on October 8, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Terrible audio.

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