5/22/20: Yard of Tom Brown

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Check out how these slash pines (PInus elliottii var. densa) have grown in Tom Brown’s Sebastian yard.  The first photo was taken on 5/22/20, and the lower photo was shot on 4/16/18.  They now, along with his other plantings, provide substantial privacy.

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Frostweed (Verbesina virginica), a.k.a. crown beard and angel wings, with its distinctive winged stems also bring beauty and privacy, and in the background you can see simpson’s stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans).

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Other shrubs include a massive mound of bloodberry (Varronia globosa), a.k.a butterfly sage …

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… and beautyberry (Callicarpa americana) …

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Some of the trees in Tom’s yard included a shapely southern red cedar (Juniperus virginiana) with a Florida privet (Forestiera segregata) to the left …

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… a coralbean (Erythrina herbacea) in fruit …

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… and a red maple (Acer rubrum) …

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Tom’s yard also has abundant re-seeding wildflowers including yellowtop (Flaveria linearis) and blanket flower (Gaillardia pulchella) …

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… rosinweed (Silphium asteriscus) …

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… blazing star (Liatris sp.) …

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… black-eyed Susan (Rudbeckia hirta) …

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… and even tickseed (Coreopsis laevenworthii) in the crack of the driveway …

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His Darrow’s blueberry (Vaccinium darrowii) was full of fruit …

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A plant that we have not seen in any other yard, sea lavender (Heliotropium gnaphalodes), a.k.a. sea rosemary, with its blue-green foliage was stunning …

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Written by ircnativeplants

Janice Broda is the secretary of the Eugenia Chapter of the Florida Native Plant Society (FNPS) & a founding member. She was president of the statewide FNPS from 1996 - 1998.

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