Native Planting & Florida Friendly Plants

Looking for a way to be eco-friendly? Ask us about about Native and Florida friendly plants for your residential and commercial landscaping.

Native plants are the optimal choice for your landscaping and gardens because they are best adapted to Gainesville environmental conditions. Native plants also require less water which will save you time and money (and water, of course!). Native plants are also the best option for supporting local wildlife as they provide a vital and natural habitat for birds and other local species.

Native Planting

Using native plants when landscaping your home or office is important for many reasons. Vegetation that originates from the area helps to reflect the image associated with your area. And of course, they are more likely to withstand the elements.

There are several things you can do to support the prevalence of native plants in your community such as:

  •  Research what plants are native
  •  Minimize the use of exotic plants
  •  Purchase nursery-grown native vegetation
  •  Allow native plants to remain in your yard
  •  Properly care for your landscaping

Florida Friendly Plants | Evergreen Lawn Care

There are many practical advantages to using native plants. Vegetation that is accustomed to its surrounding environment is more likely to thrive. Florida has particularly harsh weather conditions so it is best to use plants that are made to survive in this climate. Native plants can withstand soil with poor nutrients, high temperatures, flooding, droughts and high humidity. They have had time to built up tolerances to local insects and fungus so they will be less susceptible, requiring fewer insecticides and fungicides.

On a wider scale, native plants restore the way local landscapes looked naturally. Choosing native plants will also help to support native wildlife. Plants and animals work together to create intricate relationships in order to provide for each other. Regional plants can hinder local wildlife in the long run. So if you want a garden or landscape that uses Florida friendly native plants, contact Evergreen Lawn Care of Gainesville Co.

Cabbage Palm

These trees are extremely prevalent throughout the Florida landscape. They are resistant to drought but are also capable of living in saturated soils. Cabbage Palm trees prefer sunlight and provide cool shade to plants growing beneath them. These trees are favored because they are able to withstand the high winds that accompany Florida’s storms. Use these trees to frame your office or house.

Silver Palmetto

Silver Palmettos grow up to 10 feet in height and can spread anywhere from 12 feet to 15 feet wide. These plants are a perfect choice to transition your landscaping with the surrounding environment. They thrive in sunlight and prefer drier soils.


Firebush prefers shade but can grow in full or part shade. This bush grows to be anywhere from 5 feet to 12 feet, but it can be pruned to feature any size or shape. Following a thorough pruning, Firebush will grow quickly. One of the best features associated with this Florida plant is that it attracts both hummingbirds and butterflies.