Discover the Fun of Gardening

January 6, 2011   

The coldest December on record may have you looking for plants that can weather frosts and freezes. Below, we've compiled a list of our favorite "Tropical and Hardy" plants. These are plants that are strong enough to survive our winters, but can still add a lush, tropical look to your landscape. Give some of them a try to create a hardy landscape able to withstand anything mother nature can come up with!

2011 will be an exciting year at Kerby's. The event calendar is already filling up with fun workshops, our first ever kid's event and of course Spring Fling on the boardwalk. It will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.

Happy Gardening,
Kim, Joey and Mark

In This Issue
Tropical and Hardy

Upcoming Events


Tropical and Hardy

It may sound like a comedy act, but it's no joke. You can create a colorful, beautiful landscape with plants that only look tropical. Check out the hardy plants below that we've discovered. You'll find that with a little creativity, you can turn your yard into a colorful paradise, without even having to cover it in the winter.

Kaleidoscope Abelia - In winter, these hardy shrubs turn all different shades of red, orange and yellow. Even the flowers seem to shrug off the frost that we get. The bright yellow color of the foliage remains through the spring and summer, creating a burst of color all year in a landscape.

Flax Lily - This grassy plant has beautiful variegated foliage all year long and resists frost, freeze and heat. It makes a great accent to a landscape, providing a spiky texture. It is especially beautiful with loropetalum (another of our favorite cold-hardy plants).

Ferns - come in all shapes and sizes, from the giant Macho fern, to the soft textured autumn fern. Ferns require at least part shade, but add wonderful texture to shade gardens and don't need protection from the cold. Another great shade plant that looks tropical, but is extremely hardy is the cast iron plant. It is as tough as its name implies. 

Palms - Nothing says tropical like a stately palm tree, but many of the popular varieties have not done well in recent years because they are not tolerant of frost and freeze. That doesn't mean palms are out! There are some great palms that are making a comeback because they are low maintenance and cold hardy. For a large space, try queen, pindo, windmill or Chinese fan palm. For a small space or pool area, try a European fan or needle palm, or the extremely hardy silver saw palmetto. A little cold can't scare tropical away.

Upcoming Events

Kerby's has lots of fun planned for the garden in 2011, including workshop favorites on vegetables, herbs and roses, as well as some new kids gardening events that will get the whole family involved. 2011 will be a great year to Discover the Fun of Gardening.


Workshop: Growing Cold Hardy Fruits

Peaches, Apples, Pears, Plums, Persimmons, Citrus
Featuring Cold Hardy Avocados

Saturday, February 19th at 10:00 am

Recent cold winters may have you wondering what fruit trees you can plant that will survive through frosts and freezes. Never fear! There are tons of options. From Peaches and Apples, to Mulberries and Cold-Hardy Avocados, there are enough cold hardy fruits to fill any orchard. Come out to this workshop to learn our secrets for great fruit trees and see all the tantalizing trees that are easy to grow in sour area.



Workshop: Spring Vegetable Gardening
Saturday, February 26th at 10:00 am

Healthier, tastier vegetables are easy to grow, and in this workshop, you'll get all the information you need to get your vegetable garden going this spring. Also included is an Earthbox demo, showing you how to grow veggies, even with limited space.



Workshop: Cold Hardy Landscaping
Saturday, March 5th at 10:00 am

Tough plants for Florida Gardens are the feature in this workshop. You'll see some amazing plants that are great at taking whatever mother nature throws at them. We'll also teach you some tricks for creating beautiful landscape. Featuring our We Plan You Plant service, for anyone wanting a jumpstart on a gorgeous landscape.



Spring Fling
Saturday - Sunday, March 12 - 13

Bring on the color! You won't be able to resist all the amazing flowers we've found for this year. Come out over the weekend and enjoy some fresh cotton candy and popcorn and take a stroll around the boardwalk to see all of this season's new arrivals. 



Workshop: Classic Southern Gardens
Saturday, March 26th at 10:00 am

Want to create a classic southern garden with camellias, gardenias and azaleas. Come out and learn about the best way to plant, prune and care for these classic shrubs.






Kerby's Kids Gardening Activity
Saturday, April 2 at 10:00am

Little hands, a little dirt and lots of fun; It's the first ever Kerby's Kids event. Come out with the family for this fun event that will let everyone get there hands a little dirty. The kids will get to learn a little about plants, and create their own masterpiece to take home and watch grow.  





Workshop: Tropical Fruit Trees
Saturday, April 9th at 10:00 am

Juicy and delicious, there is nothing like picking fruit from a tree you've grown and eating it on the spot. Whether you like mangos or jakfruit, kiwi or papaya, or nance and custard apple, there is a fruit to fit every taste. After the workshop, you'll be able to sample some of the delicious fruits that can be grown in our area.



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Kerby's Nursery

2311 S. Parsons Ave.

Seffner, FL 33584
(813) 685-3265

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