7/18/2019: Yard of Maureen Labadie

Maureen Labadie hosted our July 18, 2019 walk in her yard in celebration of the 11th month anniversary of the installation of native plantings. She shared her successes and let us know what plants failed to thrive in her yard.  Some of her native plants, but not all, are shown here.

Her substantially-sized patch of turkey tangle frogfuit (Pyla nodiflora), also known as capeweed, fogfruit, and matchstick, was a big hit …


FYI:  This area is irrigated, so the frogfruit has formed a lush carpet.

Twinflower at the base of the bermed area in her front yard was another success.

Dyschoriste oblongifolia

Maureen shared that Tampa verbena (Glandularia tampensis) did not thrive in this area.

glandularia tampensis

Silkgrass (Pityopsis  graminifolia) also graced her front yard …


Her backyard was fenced.   The tree below is sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana), also known as the Chanel #5 tree since once a fragrance from its flowers were included in the since this iconic perfume.  You also can see some blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella) and muhly grass (Muhlenbergia capillaris).

acacia & grasses

mhuly grass

Necklace pod (Sophora tomentosa), not shown, and southern red cedar (Juniperus Silicicola) also were planted along the western fence.


On a chain link fence at the northern end of the property grew corky stem passionflower vine (Passiflora suberosa), not shown, and coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens).


Additional natives were planted to the north of the fence including firebush (Hammelia patens) on which lots of butterflies were nectaring (not shown) and crownbeard (Verbesina virginica) …


… false indigo (Amorpha fruticosa) …


… giant ironweed (Vernonia gigantea)…


… scarlet hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) and tropical sage (Salvia coccineus) …

hibiscus coccinea & salvia coccinea

Other natives include in her yard coontie (Zamia floridana), the only native cycad, …

zamia floridana

… the great groundcover sunshine mimosa (Mimosa strigilosa)…

mimosa stigilosa

… rosinweed (Silphium sp.) …


… sea oxeye daisy (Borrichia frutescens)  with its silvery foliage…

borrichia foliage

Maureen looks forward to enjoying watching her native plantings grow and expects the landscape to be more when it is 3 years old.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: