Got a green thumb? Help!

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  1. AlexDaGator

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    Had two small holly trees in the front yard in two separate little islands set well out from the house.

    The holly trees never looked good and were basically blown over by the hurricane.

    I cut them down a while back but it’s high time to pull the roots and plant something new.

    Anything I plant is going to get lots of sun and wind.

    Any ideas? Maybe palms? Or small flowering trees? Would love some color.

    Can’t get too big. The holly trees were probably 15’ tall with a trunk radius around 6”.

    I live near the Space Coast, inland though (no salt fears).

    Thanks!


    Alex.
     
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    Crape Myrtle,

    We have 6 planted around our house and never trim them all the way back. They are probably 12 feet tall now.
     
    • AlexDaGator

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      Love them in bloom but hate those months when they are bare. I’m torn on those.

      Do they bloom enough to outweigh the bare months? I’m not sure how long they bloom and how long they’re bare.

      Alex.
       
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      Yeah, they are bare here in N Fla. about 3 months out of the year. But they are very pretty when in bloom. Ours prob bloomed for 3 months.
       
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        I would also say one of the new magnolias. But they grow sooo slow.
         
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          Little Gem is the magnolia we got, blooms for a couple months
           
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          I always liked dogwoods, both pink and white, slow growth. Easily trained
          flowering cherry
          red bud, nice blooms grows vertical faster than dogwood or cherry
          if you want quick growth (2' yr) and added privacy maybe a Leyland cypress-green year round
          I never cared much for magnolias, pretty blooms but it seems the damned huge leaves never quit
           
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            That’s what we planted a few of. They are just so slow growing. But with Alex’s money he can probably buy a big one
             
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              Put a couple sycamores or pin oaks.
               
              • Concrete Helmet

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                Does it have to be a tree? I'm a tree hater so I'd go with maybe Gardenias surrounded by Crotons because they are very hardy and you can't beat the color splash effect. I have a bed at my house where we took out an Oak tree and I planted a Gardenia in the center put 6 Corkscrew Crotons which only get about 2.5 feet tall evenly in a circle around it and then planted these yellow schrubs, can't remember the name, in between the Crotons and left room for some annuals like King Coleus in between the other plants. It looks pretty damned awesome if I say so myself.....Mulched it in and everyone who comes to our house comments about that bed.
                 
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                  • bradgator2

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                    We wanted some palms when we did our pool, but like Theo, I was worried about cold. I put in Sylvester Palms because they can take it down to 18. I freaking love them. This is a pic of a full grown one:

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                      Or, you could put in some ligustrums. No color really (some very small white flowers), but easily shapeable. I think most of shaped Disney plants are ligustrums. I have several I have shaped like an umbrella, like this:
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                      I also have some Sweet Tea Olives which I love. The most incredible smelling plant God made. I dont let mine get this big:

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                      • TheDouglas78

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                        Confederate Jasmine is nice, palms depending on the how much you want to trim to keep them looking nice, might want to stay with shallow root. Stay away from Birds of Paradise if it is close to the house, the root clusters grow, and about 25-30 feet become a pain to trim.
                         
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                          Crepe myrtle is stunning when in bloom. When not in bloom the bark is pretty if you keep the side branches trimmed properly. There are a lot of youtube videos about how to trim crepe myrtles. Also the crepe myrtles look good with outdoor lighting shining up into the tree at night.

                          That palm tree that brad posted in a picture above looks like a winner.
                           
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                            Pic?
                             
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                            I'll put one up later today.
                             
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                            I haven't been able to re mulch or plant the seasonal plants(Fireburst and Coleus) yet due to recent injuries but here's what it looks like without them....
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                              Need to pressure wash the stone. Lol
                               

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