Florida-friendly plants are adapted to the Florida climate conditions and require minimal applications of fertilizer and pesticide. Many thrive without routine maintenance when planted in the right place. There are multiple trees, shrubs, annuals, perennials and grasses that are low maintenance, beautiful and attract wildlife.

A native to the eastern United States, the chaste tree blooms purple in May and again in cycles throughout the summer. It is deciduous and will drop its leaves during the cooler months. The chaste tree has a wide and short stature for a medium-sized tree, and it thrives in full sun and well-drained soil. Pollinators such as honeybees and halictid bees are attracted to the purple blooms.

The sunshine mimosa or powderpuff is an excellent ground cover for a full-sun location and sandy soil. It can be used as a replacement for turf and as a low-growing ground cover. This pink tufted bloomer will be nipped by a frost, but will recover in late spring. Sunshine mimosa is also called the sensitive plant as its leaves temporarily fold up when disturbed by rain or traffic.

The blanket flower is a native Florida wildflower that blooms throughout the summer. The bright flower displays red, yellow and orange and various combinations if these cheerful colors. It is tolerant of hot, dry environments and is commonly planted on roadsides or in medians. Like most wildflowers, the blanket flower is an annual, but it will reseed readily if grown in an area without a weed mat or without a thick layer of mulch. In warm locations in Florida the mother plant may come back year after year, but each year the overall appearance and vigor will decrease. It is best to pull out the mother plant once it has gone to seed and let the new blanket flowers take its place.

Rosinweed is a wildflower native to the southeastern U.S. where it reaches heights of 3 to 4 feet. This yellow flowering plant is an extremely hardy wildflower, will reseed freely and attracts butterflies and bees. Rosinweed will be damaged by frost but it will come back vigorously in the spring. Unlike many wildflower species, the mother plant will be a perennial in the Florida landscape where it will bloom from the end of May until the first frost.

Many of these Florida-friendly plants can be found at retail garden centers and should be easily located at native plant nurseries.

To learn more about Florida-friendly landscaping, attend "Fertilizing Your Landscape" at 6 p.m. on Monday at the Trilogy Magnolia House, 100 Falling Acorn Ave. in Groveland. Participants will learn how to fertilize their landscapes to promote plant health, landscape beauty and prevent pollution of water bodies. A $5 registration fee is required at http://bit.ly/2buxfpy or by cash or check at the Lake County Extension Office during normal business hours.

"Fall and Winter Landscaping" will be at 2 p.m. on Tuesday at the Paisley Library, 24954 County Road 42. Registration is required by calling 352-669-1001.

For gardening questions, visit our Master Gardener Plant Clinic. For landscape and garden ideas, visit Discovery Gardens. Both are open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays at the Extension Office, 1951 Woodlea Road in Tavares.