Category Landscaping

Orlando yard clean up and landscape project March 2017

26 March, 23:54, by Craig

This was a grueling 4 day clean up and landscape project. On the side of the back porch we ripped out grass and weeds then installed sweet smelling Tea Olive Shrubs with Blue Daze in front.

At the back side of the back porch we cleared out stones, weeds and old weed barrier material. then installed White ruffle Azaleas with Blue Daze to enhance the landscape.
The front walk way – In Ohio we call it the devil strip. We cleared out the ferns, (took two days), installed Asiatic Jasmine , which is a ground cover that does fairly well in shaded areas. there are only a few plants that can grow in shade like this in Zone 9a. Ferns and Asiatic Jasmine. the Jasmine won.

The Crape Myrtle we pruned and cleaned up the weeds around the area and topped off the decorative grasses.

Left front yard we cleaned out Many Split Philodendrons, huge prehistoric ferns, a few Elephant Ears and countless bags of leaves. then we installed Formosa Azaleas, enhanced with New Guinea Inpatients.

Right side of back yard we cleaned out Miscellaneous growth and trimmed shrubs.

Left side of back yard as you can see were massive Split Philodendrons and other plant life that was just there. We cleared that area out and home owner may put in rubber mulch or frog plant.

In the back yard next to left neighbors house we tore out more Split Philodendrons and burned off grass, then we installed Orange colored Shrimp Plant (a butterfly attracting plant) next to neighbors house. At the fence we planted Banana Shrubs, which bloom and smell like ripe bananas. Then we enhanced the look with white Angel Wing Begonias.

Side of back porch before

Side of back porch after

back side of back porch before

Backside of back porch sfter

Devil strip before

Devil strip after

Crape Myrtle area before

Crape Myrtle area after

Before picture left front yard

After picture left front yard

Before picture right back yard

After picture right back yard

Before picture left back yard

After picture left back yard

Front left corner of back yard before

Front left corner of back yard after


The star of the show for butterfly gardens throughout North America is the Milkweed. It is both nectar and larval host plant exclusive to the Monarch butterfly. There are other butterflies that will nectar the Milkweed but, only the Monarch caterpillar will feed on it and on no other plant. The Milkweed leaves are poisonous to other insects and animals which is what gives the Monarch butterfly it’s toxic status as a defense mechanism. Milkweed is a must for any butterfly garden and is very easy to grow. Technically, it is a weed and so it will require very little care. It is drought tolerant, thrives in almost any type of soil, and reseeds readily. You will only need one Milkweed in your butterfly garden and in no time at all, there will be several new plants.

The Monarch butterfly population has greatly declined over the past few years. There are a few different environmental factors, both natural and man-made that researchers hold responsible for the low numbers. The amazing Monarch butterfly migrates every fall to a few choice spots to over-winter–a couple places along the California coast, and the most popular spot is in the mountains of central Mexico. There are a few organizations that monitor the Monarchs around the country, tagging and counting they keep watch. They all seem to agree that the Monarch butterfly still needs our help to increase their population. All we need to do is plant more Milkweed. Simple!!

By Robin Gravis
Robin’s Bloomin’ Butterflies
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