Twinflower Nursery

Please join Cuplet Fern chapter in supporting native nursery locations near us! Part of our job is to see start-ups thrive and gain footing to help make native plants the norm in Florida landscape designs and horticulture. Cuplet Fern shares our native plant love and support to all and believes in a fair, equal-playing platform for native plant experts.

 

Twinflower nursery is a small business conducting only at plant sales. Dottie Hanna, chapter member, and nursery owner grows a wide selection of native plants on her small property for our community to enjoy.  Cuplet Fern is proud to support small businesses like Dottie's so people can have information on buying native plants nearer to them. 

 

Please note Twinflower Nursery is not open for sales on site. All sales are conducted at events. You may ask Dottie for more information on her plants by contacting here at twinflowernursery@gmail.com 

 

Current schedule:

TBD

 

In the meantime, please enjoy reading an article authored by Dottie below:

Summertime Treasures

Spring ran through barely saying a word, and the intense heat is now knocking at our door. It’s time to take stock in the plants that we have and tidy up before the rains arrive. Think about how the garden design could be better and eventually require less work. Don’t be afraid to cut your plants and
vegetation back. Too much vegetation equals too many mosquitos, and I have more mosquitos than
grits in a can! My aim is to trim back my shrubs and work on the following staple plants that always
come through in my quest for color and heat tolerance. They also go above and beyond providing
nectar for pollinators and seed for us in the hot months ahead~


Salvia coccinea/Scarlet sage: Gather all of the single, straggling red salvia that are probably
leggy and not very showy in shade. Dig them up and plant them together to make a large-as-
possible patch of red. They are so hearty, you can trim them back right away, and they will soon
thicken with new growth. Not only will you see hummingbirds visit daily, but you may have
other surprises. I found baby Praying Mantis in mine!


Rudbeckia laciniata/Cutleaf Coneflower. There are never enough of these in Florida gardens.
Though happiest with a little shade, they put out masses of color early Summer through Fall and
return the following year. Cut off last years’ blooms now, and only once, to neaten their shape.
As they start dying back towards the end of the year, they will offer seed with the proteins and
enzymes that birds need for the next Spring nesting season.


Skutellaria integrifolia/Skullcap: This plant adds the most delicate hint of purple for a nice mix
of color. If they are in any shade, they may have grown leggy through the Spring. Move them to
full sun in the late evening hours. Water them in and trim any surrounding larger vegetation so
that they receive the full amount of sun the following day. Cut the Skullcap foliage back so that
it grows back more dense, offering new color for summer and seed for later.


Ruellia carolinensis/Wild Petunia: Is there anyone who doesn’t have these lone plants
somewhere in the yard? I find that they grow weedy in shady spots. Once removed and planted
in sun and trimmed, they can grow to such a dense, attractive plant that blooms profusely in the
mornings. For a nice mix of blue and yellow, plant a small hedge of them in the sun behind a
border of yellow Pineland Lantana.


Asclepias perennis/Swamp milkweed: These not only are host plants for the Monarch but they
are the go-to nectar plant for so many honey and native bees, actually all beneficial insects.
These are great planted in a group or dotted throughout the garden. Cut them back after they
have been half eaten or flowered and begin to appear leggy. Keep them moist with leaf mulch.


 Dyschoriste humistrata/Twinflower: Looking to drown out some weeds? This is a great
groundcover! It can be easily maintained by removing areas with the shovel. Height can be kept
low with a string trimmer, encouraging even more blooms. Give it a little more water in the
extreme dry months. It is the host plant for the White Peacock and Common Buckeye butterfly.

Hydrangea quercifolia/Oakleaf Hydrangea: Im surprised that these aren’t included in more
Central Florida landscapes. Their creamy-pink blooms in the spring are most elegant! Trim
them way back right after they bloom. You wont need to trim again until after they bloom the
following Spring. Trimming helps them to fill in nicely as an attractive shrub through Summer
and not be as tall and empty in the center the following Spring.


Calamintha georgiana/Calamint: This plant is drought tolerant and such a beautiful, rich green,
even when planted by the coast. Brushing against it is heavenly! Trimming it once helps it to fill
out and flower profusely.


Flaveria linearis/Yellowtops: Get these ready for fall by removing the older leggy portions that
bend over and grow on the ground. Using a tomato cage early can help them rise above and
add texture and interest. Trim the tops now and keep the plant somewhat moist with leaf mulch
for a beautiful show in the Fall.


Loncinera sempervirens/Coral Honeysuckle: Plant these and other vines to trail up a pretty
trellis. Trim them close to the trellis now because plant hormones are at their peak, then forget
about them through Summer. Trim them again after the season slows down so that the plant
will look somewhat presentable towards the end of Fall.


Did I mention to cut it all back? By trimming now, you will reap the benefits when the heat is
really on in July and the rains have set in. Sit back and enjoy - your neighbors will enjoy them,
too!

Published on  02.06.2019