I couldn't resist getting a few of these acalypha reptans, dwarf chenille. They are not as cold hardy as the coontie but in the dappled sunlight under the big oak I'm hoping they get some protection in winter. Ones I have seen in use go semi-dormant in winter but spring back well. I have used them as ground cover between the iris/caladium border and the path. They are so cute and I know the 'grands' are going to love them.
I'm still working on my shady corner area that extends into a boggy area that is in the middle of my back fenceline. I found the coonties I've been looking for at a price I could afford. Zamia pumila are Florida natives which I'm trying to utilize more. These lovely cycads are cold hardy as well. Some I've seen in other landscapes did get a little tip damage from the extended cold we had this winter, but overall they stayed green and happy. I'm going to have to rework where I have planted things so a landscape view will be coming later. But aren't these wonderfully primordial Florida looking?
On Saturday I attended a workshop at a local garden center on cold hardy plants. Of course, they sell all the ones recommended :) I now have a list of some beautiful shrubs to add to my wishlist. More on that later.