White Spring Flowers in my Semi-Tropical Florida Garden

Gardenias are subtropical plants that thrive in warm, humid weather. Most gardenias are hardy in zones 8-11, though a few varieties hardy to zone 7 have been developed and a few are only hardy in zones 10 and 11.  Gardenias can be grown in pots and brought inside in cold climates. See How To Care For Gardenias  for more information.

I live in Central Florida, growing zone 9B which is semi-tropical. Amaryllis is a subtropical bulb that belongs to the Amaryllidaceae family and is native to South Africa. It is grown as a potted plant in most parts of the United States but can also be grown outdoors year round in warm areas like Florida. The red amaryllis you buy at Christmas are FORCED bulbs.

In the last month I’ve have shared lots of spring blooms. My large white amaryllis has bloomed for about a month. This last week was the final stalk with 4 or 5 blooms.

By Friday only one amaryllis was left.

At the beginning of this last week, my little gardenia bush had a beautiful, fragrant flower.

On Friday a small white spring flower bloomed. I don’t know the name of it. Next door Vickie has a flower bed filled with the small flowers. She originally received several small bulbs from a neighbor dividing her flowers. That neighbor didn’t know the name as they were given to her years before. That’s how lots of things become part of a garden when gardeners share with each other. Vickie gave me 2 of them 3 years ago. They are looking good this year and the small flower is pretty. I hope the second will bloom also.

I think that is the end of the white amaryllis this year. Next week we’ll look at the red amaryllis in bloom. I hope you enjoyed this little visit in the front yard.

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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

23 thoughts to “White Spring Flowers in my Semi-Tropical Florida Garden”

  1. Carol – gardenias are so lovely – the creamy white of the petals is so rich! And then there is the aroma. The gift that keeps on giving. I appreciate your tropical sharing with us every week! Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday!

  2. I love majestic Amaryllis. We have them only in wintertime. They are lovely.

    Thank you for sharing. Have a good week.

    Happy MosaicMonday

  3. Your white flowers are so delicate looking and such a nice contrast with ithe flamboyant reds which seems like all I’m seeing these days. I guess I’m not looking in the righit places. (I mean, I like the reds, I just need something else too!)

    1. Red amaryllis are the most popular and also less expensive bulbs. I try to buy others when on sale. Have a great week!

  4. I don’t have many white flowers in my garden and enjoyed yours. If only I could smell the scent of that gardenia! I don’t think I’ve ever seen a white amaryllis. Because we buy ours (New York) for holiday bloom, so many of the ones sold here are either red or red and white. Alana ramblinwitham

    1. Red and red white are the most popular colors even in spring here in Florida. I lucked out when I found mine on clearance in November some years ago. It was bulb in a box and it was already sprouting green. I love the color and how huge the flowers are. My red flowers are smaller.

  5. Beautiful garden. It’s so nice that you and your neighbors share flowers. That saves money, but more importantly, it builds beautiful gardens and great friendships. I received a pretty little gardenia for Mother’s day and the instructions say to keep it at room temperature. Does that mean I can keep it inside? It says no warmer that 79 degrees…oh my it’s 90’s and above here during the summer. 🙂 I really enjoyed this article. Happy gardening. Pinned and tweeted.

    1. Congratulations on receiving a gardenia for Mother’s Day. Your tag hopefully gave the specific name for the variety. I’ve never heard of a gardenia bush that couldn’t handle hot weather. They are subtropical plants that usually thrive in growing zones 8 to 11. Think tropical heat! You will need to keep it as a houseplant as it will die when frost comes. Look up the name online for specific information per the variety. I would place it outside in the shade when your area is past frost. It would need to adjust to being outside. You may need to re-pot it as most potted plants I have been given usually have already filled up their pots. Be sure to bring it back inside in the fall. It is not hardy at all.

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