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Suggestions for FL front yard landscaping

14 years ago


This is a photo of our centeral FL ranch style home. If you click on the photo, it should take you to my flickr page where you can see notes on the photo about various areas of the yard. It was a rare day that we had frost.

We're planning on getting concrete edging soon (replace the wooden edging in the pic) and I wanted to add a few trees to the yard so they could be included in the edging. Right now, we have 3 year old ficus trees on either side of the garage. I just read ficus can grow tall and have invasive roots, so I'm not opposed to relocating these to the back yard and putting something different there.

All of the other border shrubs you see are orange Ixora coccinea, probably the dwarf variety. Here when we bought the house. These are very easy to maintain, we shape them a couple times a year. I'm open to changing these out too, but would want something that's just as easy to upkeep.

I'd like to add a tree or three to the right side of the house. There used to be a tree in the yard on the far right side of the photo before we bought the house, I don't know what kind it was. I'm thinking of creating a flower bed 'loop' in front of the right side of the house (as shown in the photo) that will extend out maybe 10ft or so which will give enough space for at least 1 palm and some smaller plants. I'm leaning towards foxtail or queen palms, so something similar. I like the tropical look, but not sure it goes with the brick (which we may stucco over one day anyway). Probably nothing that would grow to over 30 ft. We've got huge magnolia's in the back yard. Any suggestions? Thanks in advance.

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