Sunday, January 21, 2018

Weekend Awesomenesss!!! v.15

Welcome to this weekend's awesomenesss!!!
So glad you're here so here we go!

How to get those plant beds ready for the frost free planting time with Steve Albert!

High Wire Distillery is helping a legendary heirloom corn, the Jimmy Red, that was almost extinct make a deliciously marvelous comeback....thank you High Wire!

A homesteading muse....Northwest Edible Life...Erica if full of inspiration!

Rebecca has created an amazing apothecary, King's Road Apothecary, full of wonderful small batch concoctions to nourish and sooth your soul and body that I love using.  Another muse of mine...rock on Rebecca!

Some interesting psychology experiments and the results!


Don't watch alot of tv but looking forward to this new show!



I love watching lightening but it scares the heck outta me, here's how you can watch it safely, lol!

A cactus Christmas tree, so ingenious!



Getting back to my baking roots with this!



Love good people, we make this world awesome!

WOW, space x rocket...or is it, lol!

Hope you enjoyed this week's weekend awesomenesss!!!

Happy Gardening and Best Wishes,
Sheri B.
xoxo

Friday, January 19, 2018

Ground Covers South Florida Style v.III

Just when we started to warm up, BAM, another cold spell blew in...which is sooooo nice!  We are very hot most of the year that when we get cold weather, everyone revels in it as long as we can and brag a little that we're "sooooo cold."  Hee hee.  It's the only time I can use the wool blankets my amazing grandmother made long ago.  Thanks Memere!

Around here, the landscapes look less than stellar with the odd rotation of rain/wind/cold then warm/dry/humid weather we've had over the past month or so.  Everyone's grass is a pretty patch work of yellow and green, leaves are constantly falling from trees and shrubs, many plants are in their dormant stage, citrus trees are full of delicious winter season fruit, subtropical plants have already died back or starting to die back and vegetable/herb gardens are growing strong.  Much of the landscapes still look beat up from hurricane Irma, especially the larger trees and palms which took the brunt of the force.  I'm sure they are looking for warmer days to start growing again.  In the meantime we can get another post of ground covers in before it warms up to go play outside!

First up on our extensively long list of South Florida ground covers is the genus of ferns.  Oh boy do ferns love Florida and we love ferns too.  Actually Florida has a collection of about a hundred or so of native ferns, some very rare and endangered to prolific and readily available at plant nurseries.  For this post I'll stick to the more common ferns that you should be able to find quite easily.  Ferns for the most part thrive in part sun/part shade, moist, rich nutrient soil environments.  Though some varieties can grow in full sun with a consistent watering schedule.  Most varieties of ferns are clumping by nature and spread around by their roots.   So they can take over large sections fairly easily.  Though do note, a few varieties can really take over and can be a challenge to keep from wandering into other areas of the garden once established.  Some are tall (2-3 ft high) and some are small (6-12 inches high).  You can see some our our South Florida native ferns in my Fern Forest post (click here).  Though please stay away from planting invasive species like the Boston fern and certain sword ferns.  The first plant I ever had was a rabbit's foot fern growing in a ceramic horse head planter, gotta love the early 80's!  I was in the hospital for minor surgery and a close family friend gave it to me, gosh I think I was about 10 or 11 years old at that time.  Hence my love of ferns.
Here at our bank in Fort Lauderdale, shows a beautiful example of how the green wart fern, microsorum scolopendrium, should be used.  They're a perfect ground cover to take over areas that needs minimal maintenance.  They grow about 12-16 in high.
Here's the cousin to the small green wart fern, it's called a blue wart fern, phlebodium aureum, or 'blue star'.  Unlike the extremely hardy green wart fern, this one can be very picky of where it's planted.  I found that they really like more shade than sun.  How gorgeous, right!?!
The Kimberly queen fern, nephrolepis obliterata, is probably one of my favorite commercially grown ferns.  This fern is just so beautiful whether it's in clusters or by itself in a planter pot.  It grows to be about 24-30 inches high, is a vigorous grower and can grow with a few hours of full sun.
A lovely small fern that I have recently added to my repertoire of ferns, the East Indian holly fern, arachnoides simplicior 'variegata'.   Or as I like to call it 'gator fern', hee hee.  Grows to about 12-14 inches high, part sun/shade, moist rich ground, deep shiny green with a light lime green striation down the center; totally looks like gator skin.
Another new favorite for me is the silver lace fern, pteris ensiformis, with it's sassy white and deep green leaf.  A total show off in the landscape that catches your eye.  Grows in a loose open manner up to about 22-24 inches high.
This is a fern that starts out small and cute but grows to be a large and stately looking fern...meet the bird's nest fern, 'Osaka' style.  This fern can grow to be about 26-30 inches high by 36-48 inches wide.  It's a beautiful emerald green color with long curved and strapping ruffled edged leaves.
This macho fern, nephrolepis biserrata, picture is from the Dave's Garden website.  You can see just how full and beautiful they are.  A great example of a large fern species so just a handful of them could be used for an area since they are about 48-56 inches wide by 24-42 inches high.  The macho fern can actually take a few hours of full sun. 
Talk about striking a pose!


Now this next one is an unusual ground cover called white shrimp, justica betonica, that can grow in full sun to part shade.  Some say it's a native to Florida but I'm not so sure.  Unlike it's red shrimp cousin, this plant is a more compact grower which grows on itself and kinda rambles outward in an organized chaos manner.  Love how well behaved this wild plant is.  I use it in areas where is can be itself without having to trim it back as it does not like being told what to do.  It will eventually loose its will to be amazing with constant beratement of hedging.   It can grow in a variety of soil types and can be fairly hardy in short dry periods.  It has a beautiful plume of white leaves and light violet flowers that pop up from the main green plant.
This client requested a beach wildflower garden so I used the shrimp as the focal point in the middle under the palm where it will get nice and full.
Here's a close up the white shrimp once it had a few months to grow along with
beach verbena, salvia, tropical sage, bulbine and simpson stoppers.
Here I used it under the michelia champaca 'gold' tree in a formal/informal woodland look in Fort Lauderdale.  This was actually about a week after hurricane Irma when we came to clean up the property.  You can see the huge piles we have built up in the back ground of the picture.  The landscape stood up like'a champ!

Another unusual plant is the wire vine, muehlenbeckia axillaris 'nana', which is actually a ground cover not a vine.  Believe or not, it looks amazing in a formal design because of its low form and compactness.  It truly is a creeping ground cover BUT and a big butt here, it can become invasive due to it's hardiness and fast growing nature.  So it's best to use it in areas you aren't going to have to chase it or in a plant bed with landscape edging.   It has little deep green leaves that grow on a dark wire-thin branch or "vine".  The wire vine has tiny white nondescript flowers that almost look like part of the plant facade rather than a prominent flower.  It grows in full sun and part shade.  Once established it can do fine without irrigation.  In too much shade it seems to be less vigorous and less full but will grow nonetheless.  The wire vine is not to picky about the soil it grows in plus it's salt tolerant.  A great ground cover for nonsensitive coastal areas of Florida and rock gardens.
Wire vine close up
The wire vine is super full and compact yet it's growing outside its pot looking to spread out and make your landscape look amazing.

The last one for today is a genus called salvia or it's common name, sage, depending on where you live in the country.  It's found all over the United States in a variety of ecosystems.  There are over 2,000 species of salvia's found all over the world though roughly only a few hundred are grown commercially.  Here in South Florida we have two climate zones, a tropical and a subtropical climate, so the list gets even smaller for us.  There are about eight salvia's that I know of that do consistently well here from season to season.  While the rest seem to grow more like an annual so I usually stay away from those even though they are absolutely beautiful.  For the most part they all grow in full sun, are fairly drought tolerant, love our summer heat, salt tolerant, bloom all year round and seem to be iguana proof.   The pink ones I have were even hurricane resistant last year!  They will reseed the area where they are planted so the following season you might see new salvia plants growing like the tropical sage does here.
At the Deerfield mall, they used the evolution salvia behind the pink begonia.  Granted they are planting them as annuals here but the evolution salvia's can surprisingly live for many years here in South Florida with very little effort.
Look at all these lovely purple/violet/blue salvia's at this Loxahatchee nursery.  The pink or salmon color flower is actually a salmon porter weed which I guess could be used as a ground cover even though it grows about 3 1/2 ft high.
This is the hot pink one I was telling you about.  It's not the best picture but you can see how gorgeous the color is of the flowers with the deep green leaves.  Best part is it never dies back though does better if it gets a good trim after blooming.
Tropical sage with its hot red flowers to brighten your day.

Well that's it for today ya'll!  Thank you for coming by and sticking around.  Much love goes out to you and make it a fantastic weekend!

Happy Gardening and Best Wishes,
Sheri B.
xoxo

Sunday, January 7, 2018

Ground Covers South Florida Style v.II

Aloha Everyone!  Dang it's cold here, I know if we are this cold down here in South Florida then ya'll must be super duper freezing!!!  Maybe if we think we're in Hawaii it'll warm our bones.  Moloka'i, Kauai, Maui, Ni'ihau, O'hau, Lanai, Kaho'olawe, Waikiki....nope still cold as a witches nose.  I guess a hot cup of something will give us some warmth.  What's the weather like where you are?  Are you in a winter wonderland of wintry mess?  Good day to be indoors with me, right?!?

Today let's do our part deux of ground covers since we have some time.  Maybe if we get some brain power going it'll warm us up.  The first one on the list is a cutie called baby sunrose, aptenia cordifolia, which is a short living plant but packs a powerful punch with it's gorgeous kelly green colored leaves and bright pink flowers.  The leaves are really soft and like a portulaca you can cut pieces off to stick them in the ground to grow more.  There is also an orange color flower but that's a rare find.  Baby sunrose stays very low to the ground but gets nice and full.  It can spread about 2-3 ft wide.  It needs full sun, not alot of water, no maintenance, very affordable, is edible like the purslanes and grows in a variety of soils.
Look at all these gorgeous baby sunrose's looking for a home!

Remember in the first ground cover post I mentioned jasmine minima, Asiatic jasmine?  Ok, let's just get it over with, ugh, this plant....what can I stay, so many landscapers like to use this.  I'm probably gonna get some slack for this but hey it truly is not my preference of plant unless I'm using it for a vine....wait nope wouldn't use it for that either.  Yeah, just not my type.   Most landscapers use it as...wait for it...a ground cover when it really is a vine.  If it is being used as a ground cover you need alot of them to fill even a small area and in the meantime you have to consistently hand pull the weeds out until it grows in, which luckily it's a super fast grower but still takes a considerable amount of weed pulling time until that happens.   And who wants to do that, right?!?   Since it is a super fast grower you're going to have to constantly keep it from growing into your sod.  If it's a vine then it needs to be kept in check or your neighbors may be tifted.  A couple of houses we do the maintenance has this plant growing all over their wood fence.  We have to cut this beast all the time.  What's wrong with that you say?  The second you cut it, sticky sticky sticky sap pours out and drips all over you, your clothes, your equipment, etc.  Then everything sticks to the sap like super duper glue.  It's really hard to clean off once it dries, if at all.  I guess most landscape designers think this is the greatest thing since sliced bread but I can guarantee you they never had to maintain it.  It really should be considered invasive like ivy.  In my opinion the creeping wire vine is a better plant for a similar look.  Or golden creeper or coral creeper or ganges primrose or green island ficus...ok I can't believe I said that last one, but anything is better than this Asiatic plant.  Well that's all I'm going to say about that, now you know how much I like jasmine minima, lol.
Jasmine minima in Orlando, FL.

Believe of not, juniper's grow very well this far south (zone 10b if you're curious).  There are a handful of junipers, juniper chinensis, we use as ground covers: juniper 'parsoni' or parson's juniper, juniper 'blue pacific' and juniper procumbens 'nana'.  These varieties either stay compact or grow horizontally depending on the hybrid.  They can be fairly drought tolerant, can grow in a variety of soil types, are pretty good at being salt tolerant, grows in full sun to part shade, very low to no maintenance and are long living plants.  They have a beautiful blue-grey-green color to them which is a nice contrast to other greens in the landscape.
I used juniper 'parsoni' in the fore ground of this landscape with white iris in the middle, violet cat whiskers on the sides, balaria obtusa in the back with the client's existing crotons 'petra'.  The junipers going to spread out to completely fill the area like a carpet.

One of my favorite ground covers is the bulbine, bulbine frutescens, which is originally from South Africa but has been seen as a naturalized native here in South Florida.  It has two different colored flowers, a solid lemon yellow and an orange with a bit of yellow in it.   Both are just as pretty but it's hard to find a flowering orange anything so I tend to use the orange one a little bit more often.  The yellow flowering bulbine has a kelly green color to its slender tall succulent foliage while the orange has a bit darker reddish green color.  They look like a grass but have more of a succulent feel to them.  They are a perfect plant for south Florida since they grow in full sun, grow in a clumping compact habit, are very drought tolerant, little to no maintenance and flowers all year round.  The foliage grows between 14-18 inches high and the flowers reach from 18-24 inches high.
       
Orange bulbine
Yellow bulbine

Look at all these baby bulbine waiting for their new homes, so cute!

The coral creeper, baleria repens, is a lot like the jasmine minima not only in its growth habit but also in the rate of growth, i.e. super fast!   Also like j. minima, once it grows in nice and full it can take some serious shaping, like a low formal hedge.  So if you are looking for a plant to literally take over an area for not a lot of cost then this is another one for you.  Definitely not intended for small gardens without a considerable amount of work to keep it in check.  Unless you want the natural look of overlaying plants, like in the wild.  Grows about 1-2 ft high and rambles outwards by rooting itself from new growth.  Not a picky plant by any means so in can grow in variety of soils.  It likes full sun to be a consistent bloomer of the pretty coral pink flowers but can grow in part shade like a champ and needs moderate water in full sun but can really be left alone in part shade once established.
Coral creeper

This next plant can not only be used as a ground cover but the perennial peanut, arachis glabrata, can also be used in replace of traditional grass like how I did at my house in Pompano Beach.   The sunshine mimosa, mimosa strigillosa, has the same uses as well, either a ground cover and as an alternative to grass.  Though we are going to talk about the peanut here.   And no unfortunately it does not produce the type of peanut you eat, this is a gorgeous ornamental variety.  It spreads by rhizomes and can really take over so if your neighbor has St. Augustine grass then you will need to install a type of landscape edging to keep it from jumping ship.  This plant is a beautiful bright green with a bright yellow pea flower that grows in full sun, grows in a variety of soils and once established can be fairly drought tolerant.  They bloom all year round though I found they really grow best when fertilized two or three times a year with an organic fertilizer like milorganite.  This is another one that by experience you have to plant a lot of them close together right off the bat so you can reduce the amount of weeding that will need to happen before they can take over.  Once the peanut plants have filled in, no weed may enter.  And you won't have to mow it if you don't wanna, but it does well if you wanna.
Here you can see how I used the perennial peanut in the front yard to replace the grass.
You can see how it is creeping over the edge of the driveway and the storm drain.   So we had to constantly be keeping it trimmed in certain areas, but look how gorgeous!
Isn't this perennial peanut at my Pompano Beach house just gorgesous!?! I would always have people stop to ask me about it.  Oh how I miss that house and landscape.

So the last one is an usual plant that most people round here probably haven't heard of.  It's called an ice plant, carpobrotus eduli, which are great for a garden that just needs to be left alone and admired.   There are quite a few varieties but this far south I have only found one variety and found one grower in the tricounty area.  It is definitely an under used plant that is really hearty to be able to with stand our harsh environment.  The ice plant is soft like a succulent with a pretty green color and a bright pink flower like the baby sunrose with foliage like a bulbine.  Whereas the bulbine foliage is round and long, the ice plant foliage is shaped in a triangle and is only about 4 inches high.  It actually looks like it could be a dune plant growing along the beach side.   Grows in full sun, likes a sandy loamy soil, can do pretty good in a dry environment and a good salt tolerant plant.  If you find this plant grab some and give them a try cause you probably be the only one in your area with this beauty!
Ice plant
Ice plant with pink flowers

So we are going to end it here cause someone, namely me, has got to get the Christmas decor packed up and back in the attic.   Based on our work load, if I don't get it done today, it'll be Christmas/Valentines around here.
Wishing you a wonderful and blessed new year!

Happy Gardening and Best Wishes,

Sheri B.
xoxo

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Wishing for a little warmth South Florida Style

Happy New Year Everyone!
May this new year bring you many wonderful blessings in 2018!
This little video that I took on one of our job's is to all of you stuck indoors 
from this wintry mess of ice, snow, sleet and rain.
Enjoy and hope you get a little warmer!


Happy Gardening and Best Wishes,
Sheri B.
xoxo

Monday, January 1, 2018

Ground Covers South Florida Style v.I

Happy New Year everyone!!! 
I know you want a break from all this holiday madness right!?!
That's why you're here, a place to soothe the soul.
Today we are talking ground cover plants.  What took me so long?   Geesh, I have no idea but we're here so let's get to it.   There are a few general terms to school you on regarding landscaping which you probably already know but like my Dad always say's, "That's fine but I'm going to tell you anyway...(insert deep Santa belly laugh here....AWWW-HAA-HA-HAAA)".   Well came out a bit more maniacal then it really sounds but you get the gist. 

In South Florida there are about five very general categories of flora almost all landscapes will have: tree's, palm's, shrub's, sod and the category we are going to talk about today...ground covers.  See, how easy is that!?!  So what's a ground cover?  Generally speaking it's a plant that is usually smaller than 2-3 ft high and tends to cover lots of square footage of ground to keep soil in place and weeds out of the landscape.  I like to use it as one of several layers in a landscape.  It can be used as the small front layer with the taller plants in the back as you might see in a formal design or mingled in between other plants for a natural look or all on it's own as a ground cover...hee hee couldn't resist.

There are thousand and thousands of ground covers to choose from but the one thing you must make sure before investing lots of money on ground covers...wait for it, wait for it...pick the right plant for the right place.  I see it all the time here, many inexperienced landscapers and/or trades people using plants that have absolutely no business being planted in the spaces they use them in.  It's a real shame because it's usually the case where the plant grows out of control since it wasn't a ground cover to begin with or the wrong type of ground cover.  Unfortunately the home owner ends up footing the bill to hire someone for a clean out and/or to redo the landscape correctly.  Hopefully we can shed some light on what's a ground cover and how they grow.

So let's start with some easy peasy ones.
Liriope, liriope muscari, and it's cousin variegated liriope, liriope muscari 'variegata'.  This is a type of clumping lily "grass" that is a very long living perennial plant.  I've seen some green liriope as old as 30 plus years old.  I don't believe the variegated has as long of a life but still lives for many many years.  Liriope is not really a true grass but is part of the lily family.  It's traditionally used as a border plant but looks amazing in mass plantings.  It can grow in full sun to part shade and can grow in a variety of soil types.  Seems to grow best in a part sun/part shade, less sandy soil with consistent watering.  It has a tall purple flower kind of like a hyacinth crossed with heather.  
Grows to be about 2-3 ft high and super full.
Can be found at almost every garden center.
Liriope 'super blue'
Liriope 'variegated'

Another "grass looking type of lily" which I have recently fallen in love with is called Siam lily, chlorophytum laxum 'bichetii'.  This is in the same family as the spider plant but it doesn't grow the offshoots.  This is a well behaved, clumping perennial and can grow in the shadier areas of a garden.  Has a cute little white flower that is a perfect compliment to this beautiful white and green leaf plant.  Grows about 12-16 inches high but on the slower side.  Prefers a moist compost rich soil but well drained in a part sun/part shade area.
Sweet Siam lilies just planted on one of our projects.
Siam lily picture from Agristarts
Siam lily picture from Agristarts

Keeping on the whole "grass looking lilies" theme for a moment longer, is mondo grass, ophiopogon japonicus.  This is another clumping perennial with lots of history here in South Florida.  It has a few different forms, the standard mondo grass which is the largest variety growing up to 12-14 inches high.  It's cousin 'dwarf mondo' that grows to about 6-10 inches high and it's other cousin 'nana' mondo which is only about 3-5 inches high.  Super compact slow grower so if you don't want to see the ground, you would need to purchase a lot of them to plant right next to each other.   But this show stopper will look like a super deep green carpet.  No maintenance required other than water.  Has the same growing requirements as the liriope with a similar flower.
This is at one of our client's homes...with the regular mondo grass in the front as a mass grouping.
You can see how much it's filled in over the past six months and one hurricane later, lol.
On this job I used it as a single row in the front with balaria obtusa in the middle and croton 'gold dust' as the back hedge plant.

The blue daze, evolvulus glomeratus, is an evergreen ground cover with a lot to give a garden.  It's soft downy leaves have a nice bluish/grayish green color that compliments the darker green plants in a landscape.  It does not have a long life span (maybe a couple of years) but it will bloom all year round until it retires.  When one of the branches touches the ground it roots thereby spreading in a nice compact way.  It gets to be about 2 ft high by 2-3 ft wide, grows in full sun, not too picky on the soil type except sand and can take short periods of no water once established.  Will tend to get scale if it gets too much water.
Blue daze in it's finest blue.
The blue daze here is going to fill the space nicely along with the variegated liriope,
caladiums and alococia's.

Green island ficus, ficus microcarpa, is a plant you literally find all over South Florida on residential and commercial properties!  As much as I hate to admit it and didn't want to include it, green island ficus has it's benefits as a ground cover, but I still try not to use it if possible.  It's super hardy, long living, has deep green shiny leaves and can take constant trimming from maintenance crews like a champ.  Though it is a very slow grower so if you want to fill the space, spend the money and buy a larger size.  They can take all kinds of light from full sun to part shade. They like regular watering but can be drought tolerant.  On the opposite end if they get too much water the leaves will yellow and drop.  Be careful of the white sap when trimming it back, some people can get an allergic reaction or rash if it touches their skin.  And it's like glue, super sticky.   Even though it grows slow, you will need to keep an eye on this mischievous plant.  As it's name tells you, it is a ficus so once established,  it can grow quite large and will grow lots of roots and mini roots around and on anything in it's path....walls, pipes, lights, trees, on it's self...you get the gist.
On one of our client's homes where the green island ficus is in the background, duranta gold mound is in the front and the middle is alternanthera 'Brazilian red hot' and croton 'Johanna Coppinger'.

Portulaca, portulaca grandiflora, is another group of ground covers that will be sure to blow your mind with bright color that loves our intense South Florida sun.  This is one of a handful of plants that thrive in our harsh dry summer days.  There are many cultivars of this plant that will give your garden lots to be proud of.  They have a soft semi-succulent leaf and stem.  You can literally snap off a piece, stick it in the ground and it'll grow.  They have a low rambling growth habit which will spread out over time.  Florida has a few native portulaca's and purslane's that are pretty and edible but not as showy as the hybrids.
Here I used the bright big pink portulaca in the front with variegated liriope,
Here you can see how I used it as a border plant which will fill the whole area.

One of my favorite ground covers to use is the infamous ground orchid, spathoglottis plicata.   There are many types of terrestrial orchids but this one has made it's way into the retail market by storm.  Now there are so many beautiful cultivars to choose from than just the original purple color.  They grow best in part sun part shade but I've used them in full sun with regular watering and they do great.  They grow in a variety of soils but seem to prefer a moist rich soil.  If they are too wet then the roots rot and they get scale.  They are a long living plant that if treated right will bloom constantly for you.  The rich green leaves are long and bend over like a grass.  Depending on the cultivar the plant itself can grow up to 3-4 ft high and then you have the gorgeous flower spikes shooting out of the plants like fireworks.  Truly a must have!
I definitely need to get a better picture of what this landscape looks like now because the
ground orchids are so full and magnificent!  They have not stopped blooming since the
day we planted them for our client back in 2015.  This variety is called 'mellow yellow'
Here is 'Mellow yellow' up close...I know right!?!  Gorgeous!!!
This ground orchid is called 'Tropical punch'
This one is called 'Berry banana' from Excelsa Gardens

The trailing glory flower or Spanish shawl, dissotis rotundifolia, is certainly a true ground cover if there ever was one.  This plant can totally take over a space with it's spreading growth habit.  It can grow right over other plants that are in it's way by creating this mass carpet of beautiful foliage with purple-pink flowers.  Needs full sun and fairly drought tolerant once established.  If you have a lot of space that needs filling and you are on a budget, this is the fast growing plant for you!  Though side note: this plant is not for small gardens nor for ecologically sensitive areas as it can become invasive.
These are in a 3 gallon pot and you can see how they already want to roam and spread out.
Beautiful ground cover of Spanish shawl

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the purple queen or purple heart, setcreasea pallida, which also is considered a trailing plant but isn't a wild child like the trailing glory flower.  There are a few different varieties in what we call the oyster plant family which has two kinds: clumping and trailing.  They are easy to grow, low maintenance, grows in a variety of soil types, grows in full sun to part shade and has such a beautiful purple color which adds depth to the garden.  Be careful of the sap when trimming it back, some people can get an allergic reaction or rash if it touches their skin.
I used it here to grow in between the Siam lily, croton 'magnificent' and donkey ears.


So the last one for today is a native called golden creeper, ernodea littoralis, which in my opinion is completely under used.  I would rather use this than that ridiculous jasmine minima anyday, which we will talk about in ground covers part deux.  This golden beauty is so gorgeous and can be utilized in a few ways.  One way is being shaped into a small ground cover hedge but that can be a lot of work.   Just letting it ramble on it's own accord and/or keeping it trimmed in a natural way is the best.  The city of Pompano Beach uses it in their medians along the roadway.  It's a long living, full sun loving, drought tolerant creeping/meandering plant with lots to offer your landscape.
I stopped to take this while driving down Dixie Highway in Pompano Beach.
As you can see, there were no cars anywhere around lol.
They use golden creeper in the medians and keep it trimmed.
Here is another picture of the golden creeper in the Pompano Beach median.

Well that's it for today friends, though don't fret, I already started a ground cover post v.II that I will finish later this week for you.  There are so many wonderful ground covers so don't be intimidated to use a few in your garden.  
If you have any questions please feel free to message me or post a comment.

Wishing you all a very happy new year with many wonderful blessings to come to you in 2018!  
Happy Gardening and Best Wishes,
Sheri B.
xoxo