Do you love getting out and exploring nature?
There are few better places to explore Florida’s vast biodiversity than Sanibel Island and the surrounding area. J.N. “Ding” National Wildlife Refuge is a must-see, protecting more than 2,619 acres of land and hundreds of species of wildlife in one of the country’s largest undeveloped mangrove ecosystems.
But when staying in Sanibel, you don’t even have to leave your own backyard to appreciate the diversity it offers! Anyone making a longer-term commitment to Sanibel may be inclined to bring a bit of nature to their own homes through gardening. For any green thumbs out there, here are a few plants well-suited to Sanibel Island weather.
Plants for the Inside of Your Home
Looking to brighten up your home? Indoor plants can make any room feel cheerier, not to mention add a bit of color. With limited room to grow and filtered sunlight, not every plant with thrive in an indoor environment, however. Here are a few species that do thrive in Floridian homes, given the right amount of tender loving care.
These stringy, grass-like plants are highly resilient that thrive indoors, so long as they are kept away from direct sunlight. Though, they have a tendency to spread little tendrils from place to place, with careful trimming they can be contained. An added benefit of keeping these little plants around: they filter harmful chemicals out of the air!
Who doesn’t love these prickly little plants? Coming in all shapes and sizes, they’re sure to add character to your home! They are relatively easy plants to maintain as they are adapted to hot climates and store water in their leaves. However, be careful not to overwater them or they may develop stem or root rot.
Elegant and classy, peace lilies are one of the best plants for a Florida home. It is best to keep them out of direct sunlight and make sure they are kept in at least 55-degree weather. Well-cared-for, they will reward you with beautiful white blooms!
Orchids are another gorgeous addition to any indoor garden, and they are well-adapted to the Floridian climate. Available in many colors, they are sure to add vibrancy and class to any room. Give them access to bright sunlight, but keep them away from south-facing windows or they may burn.
Landscaping for a Better Curbside Appeal
One of the best parts about owning a home in Florida is how easy it is to cultivate a vibrant and lively garden, one that all your neighbors will be envious of! There are several local landscaping centers where you can find local and exotic plants for your yard. Sanibel Captiva Conservation Foundation is dedicated to protecting native plants and helping community members learn to care for them. The following native plants can be found for sale in their garden.
These resplendent perennials are low maintenance and easy to grow. They like plenty of heat, so keep them in the sun! Canna Lily flowers resemble that of an iris and come in red, orange, or yellow.
Beach Morning Glory
Anyone lacking previous gardening experience will be relieved to know, once established, this sprawling vine is practically foolproof! These little plants have a high-drought tolerance and are perfect for stabilizing the soil. With its glorious bell-shaped violet flowers, this plant is sure to liven up any garden.
Though not unique to Florida, this tree is sure to add character during the fall months when its leaves turn a blaze of yellow, orange, and red. In spring, it is sure to delight again, producing beautiful red flowers and fruits. Adding a few trees to your landscape is particularly wise for those hoping to make the most of Florida birdwatching opportunities. The SCCF sells a variety of bird boxes that can be purchased along with plants!
Sanibel Island Realty
Can you picture living on Sanibel Island, tending to your perfectly manicured garden? Schuldenfrei offers a wide variety of Sanibel condos for sale to meet your needs. And if you’re considering a more permanent move to the area, we can assist your search for VIP realty. We invite you to explore Sanibel for your next vacation getaway.