(Notice the baby lubber grasshopper at the bottom left next to the "www." He is no more.)
Some natives are named for their hometown such as Tampa Verbain, Glandularia tampensis. I'm gradually incorporating more native plants in with the non-natives that I find do well in my garden.
Finding native plants is becoming easier to do as more and more garden centers are stocking them. Riverview Flower Farm's Florida Friendly Plants stock Home Depots with this Tampa native as well as Blue- Eyed Grass, Sisyrinchium angustifolium and many others.
Blue-Eyed Grass makes a great border plant or ground cover out in the full sun. It only blooms its bright blue flowers in spring, but it keeps its green grassy foliage year-round. This plant laughed at the heat of summer and the cold of our recent winters.
Native Blanket Flowers, Gaillardia pulchella, have reseeded and are popping up in all the sunny spots here at My Garden Path. When these tall flowers take a breather from blooming they tend to look a little weedy. All that needs to be done is to trim down to the lower leaves and soon they will be sending up more flowers.
A hybrid form of the Gaillardia has been added along the pathway. This form is lower growing and much more compact.
(Notice the lady-bug in the upper left next to the "www." She has not been harmed.)
As I learn more about native Florida plants I am enjoying incorporating them into my garden. Certainly, they are hardier and more reliable than many other plants which just don't have what it takes to survive freezing temperatures in the winter and the suffocating humid heat of our Florida summers.