8/22/2019: Yard of Lori & Terry Greene

Our yard visit was postponed for a week due to rain, and the yard of Lori and Terry Greene was well worth the wait.  Located in the Collier Club subdivision in Sebastian, this impeccably maintained yard is filled with lots of native plants – in stark contrast to the adjacent yards.  Terry had marked the native plants with signs and has plans to replace more of the many of the  “original” non-native plants.

dyschoriste humistrata

Terry began installing native plants about 2 years ago.  Click here to see pictures of his yard that he took in the winter.  Below he provides scale to the water-loving scarlet hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) that he grew from seed …

hiniscus coccineus & terry greene

… and to the dahoon holly tree (Ilex cassine) that was so laden with love bug pollinated fruits that branches had broken off …

ilex cassine5

ilex cassine

Giant leather fern (Acrostichum daenifolium) also is planted near the downspout along with strappy spider lily (Hymenocallis latifolia) …

acrosthichum &n hibisucs @ downspout

Saw palmetto (Serenoa repens) and river sage (Salvia stellaris) also grace this area mulched with pine bark, a long-lasting mulch that is a by-product of pine plantations.

Other wildflowers included bee balm (Monarda punctata) flowering beautifully …

monarda punctata

… and blanketflower (Gaillardia pulchella) full of seed …

gaillardia seedheads2

… beach dune sunflower (Helianthus debilis) …

helianthus deblis

… water-loving lake sunflower (Helianthus carnosus) …

helianthus carnosus

… blazing star (Liatris sp.) …

liatris

… swamp milkweed (Asclepias perrenis) chewed to the ground by monarch butterflies in the front but present in the back yard …

asclepias chewed

asclepias

… river sage (Salvia misella) …

salvia misella

… and morning-flowering spiderwort (Tradecentia ohienis) …

tradescentia

Trees included thorny sweet acacia (Acacia farnesiana) …

acacia

acacia farnesiana

Some of the shrubs included firebush (Hammelia patens) …

hammelia patens

… wild sage (Lantana involucrata) …

lantana involucrata & psycjhotria

lantana invoucrta

… 3 different species of Psychotria, including the most common wild coffee (Psychotria nervosa) dwarf-form …

psychotria nervosa dwarf

… very tropical Bahama wild coffee (Psychotria ligustifolia) …

callicrpa & psychotris

… and shortleaf wild coffee (Psychtoria tenuifolia) …

psychotria tenuifolia4

psychotria tenuifolia & ac

… pitchapple (Clusia rosea) …

clusia

… Florida anise (Illicium floridanum) …

illicium

… coralbean (Erythrina herbacea) with ripe seeds …

erythrina herbacea

… Curacoa bush (Varronia globosa), also known as bloodberry and Cordia globosa

varronia globosa4

Among the vines were butterfly host plants corkystem passionflower (Passiflora suberosa) and maypop (Passiflora incarnata) not shown, coral honeysuckle (Lonicera sempervirens) …

lonicera sempervirens

… and skyblue clustervine (Jacquemontia pentathos) grown by Chapter Auctioneer Carol Thomas and purchased at a recent meeting plant auction …

skyvine

sky vine

Potted natives included Caracoa bush (Varronia globosa) …

Varronia globosa in ot

… and calamint (Calamintha sp. ) …

calamintha

His plantings create privacy and beauty …

patio view

edge of yard

bench

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