Keys to a Beautiful Garden

One of the keys to a beautiful garden is knowing what your soil is made of. Generally, it is a mixture of clay, sand and silt. By studying your soil, you can select the right plants to grow in your garden. Also, you need to choose the right location for your plants. For example, if your garden is on the hillside, you may want to plant a flowering tree near the hilltop.

The subtropical climate of Florida is home to a wealth of exotic and interesting native plants. Many of the trees are salt-tolerant and have exotic names. The gumbo limbo, which is commonly known as the tourist tree, has vivid blue or purple flowers, and lignumvitae, which is used as a medicinal plant. It also produces resin that is good for your joints and can be used for medicinal purposes.

Zac Posen, an avid gardener and author of Cooking with Zac, has two acres of farmland in Big Pine Key. He grew ornamentals and tropical fruit trees in 1992, which are now the city’s most famous living sculpture garden. One of the gardens’ centerpieces is an interpretation of French Post-Impressionist painter Georges Seurat’s 1884 painting A Sunday on La Grand Jatte. A collection of people, animals and plants grows along a stream.

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