Posts made in July 2018

Florida Native Plant Gardens Are Sustainable

There are a number of positive reasons to creative a native Florida plant garden. You have countless beautiful plants from which to choose. With so many attractive native plants, you get a wide variety of colors, shapes, and sizes to design your garden. You will find many Florida plants at Troy’s Tropics, a leading native plant nursery in Sarasota, located on five acres of land. Native plans are easy to maintain because they quickly adapt to Florida soil and often need less fertilization. Many of them are also excellent at tolerating drought.

After your initial design and planting you can enjoy a native plant garden for years to come. They attract butterflies, bees, and other beneficial insects. They can also serve as good sources of wildlife food. You can find native plants in the form of shrubs, trees, vines, and groundcovers when you are ready to plan your native garden. Just a small number of the most popular Florida native plants, not including trees, include the following:

  • Yarrow
  • Leather Fern
  • Milkweed
  • Buttonwood
  • Heliotrope
  • Lupine
  • Royal Palm
  • Swamp Rose
  • Coneflower
  • Goldenrod
  • Sea Oats

Visit to find out about the natives they have that best suit the conditions in your landscape. Call (941) 923-3756 to find out more about our nursery and landscaping services.

The Benefits of a Butterfly Garden

Monarch ButterflyButterflies are beautiful and add a variety of outstanding colors to a garden. They are attracted to bright colors and fragrant flowers; they feed on nectar produced by the flowers. As a butterfly travels from one flower to another, it pollinates the plants, which results in further development of that plant species. There are a number of plants that rely on pollinators like butterflies for reproduction. Butterflies add beauty to any garden. Their rich colors are built into each species for the purposes of camouflage against their predators, attraction to mates, and to give off warning signals.

In Florida, butterflies prefer native plants, which are those plants that easily adapt to the environment. Native plants are easy to maintain and more hardy than non-native plants. Using native plants is good for the environment because landscaping with them is a sustainable practice. As they are better adapted to their climate, they require fewer resources in general to grow and thrive. In addition, Florida native plants are a natural host to butterflies, so they are attractive to many gardeners.

For a wide selection of native Florida plants, visit Troy’s Tropics, a leading provider of garden landscaping in Sarasota. We design and plant butterfly gardens of any size or shape. Visit our family-owned garden center to see the myriad of plants we have, which are spread over five acres.