Here are my finds from the last garden festival!
Heres my big light at the end of this cold and wintry tunnel. Just in time for spring, The Kanapaha Botanical Gardens in Gainesville will be holding their annual garden festival March 20th and 21st. There will be lots of vendors, selling crafts, food, and anything garden related, but the highlight for me is the huge selection of hard-to-find plants such as bromeliads, succulents and gingers. Every time I go to a huge plant sale like this, I always end up buying nothing but bromeliads, but this year I'm going to take a more practical approach and look for specific areas of my garden. Will you guys help me think of some plants to look for?
I'm looking for plants that can handle the swampy conditions of the backyard, such as gingers, alocasias and so forth. What I need most of all is a great low growing plant that handles periodic flooding. Liriope Spicata is working out well so far, but I'd like to find something more interesting. Any ideas? I also want to replace my african iris plants, which tolerate the flooding okay, but seem to dwindle in the shade. Maybe papyrus?
Heres a photo of the site.
In the rainy season we get water all the way up to the island bed, and the grass looks awful there for most of the year. If we didn't have a dog I would just let moss grow, but Panda kicks it up before it has a chance to establish. I have agapanthus in a raised bed to the left and behind the elephant ears, but it has to be in the raised bed because the floods have killed the others. To the right is the african iris, which I'm looking to replace. Any ideas? Thank you all for your help thus far!