Spring Gardening: The Best New Plantings for Florida

102139662 s Spring has sprung, the sun is shining, the spring rains have started moistening the soil, and plants everywhere are sprouting. Now is the best time to start new plantings in your Florida garden. To get you started, here are some of the best plants for Florida gardens.


Pentas are a great spring planting for Florida gardens. They are one of the most low-maintenance plants that you can put in your garden. They feature red, pink, lavender, and/or white clusters. They also attract beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds. In fact, they attract the zebra longwing butterfly, which is the state butterfly.

Blue Daze

This plant is a blue groundcover. It blooms consistently throughout the year, so it is a great way to trim out your garden borders. This plant is very drought tolerant, which means that it will flourish and bloom even during the driest months of the year.


This is a cheery yellow and orange flower that is actually the Florida state flower. These flowers also attract many butterflies, and they are drought resistant for blooming even in the drier months. This is a hearty plant that will bloom around spring or spring to fall, depending on the type of coreopsis you plant.

Blue Salvia

This beautiful plant featuring stalks of small blue flowers is a great one for Florida gardens. It will bloom well throughout the spring, summer, and fall. Bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds are all attracted to this sweet-smelling flower. 


This annual blooming flower is perfect for the high heat and droughts of Florida climates. It can be used as a groundcover or in pots and hangers. Purslane grows best in hot dry soil, so make sure that it doesn’t get too much water.


Lavender is a great flower that is often planted across the United States. However, it is more perfectly suited for the Florida climate. Lavender isn’t just a pretty addition to your yard. It is also a very useful plant. Lavender is frequently used in aromatherapy and home treatments.

If you are looking for new ways to incorporate plantings into your landscape, we can help you plan your garden along with your sod installation. Contact us today for more information.