'It's satisfying to observe how surprised people are'
Q: How long have you been gardening? A: The jungle planting began 20 years ago to avoid seeing our neighbors' huge swimming pool cage and to have complete privacy. Q: What or who have you learned the most from as a gardener? A: The gardening was by trial and error. I experimented with a variety of shrubs, plants and trees because of full sun and shade requirements in portions of the garden.Q: What are your go-to plants? A: For the most part, the garden became successful with rafus palms, bamboo, fiques and cast irons. It's satisfying to observe how surprised people are when they see this unique garden with an otherwise traditional front yard of zoysia grass and gold mounds. Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake? A: Not fertilizing enough. The garden requires light fertilizing four or five times a year. Q: What are some challenges you face in your garden? A: Keeping the garden artfully trimmed and shaped. Q: What is your best piece of advice for fellow gardeners? A: Buy plants that can tolerate cold, drought or flooding because of Florida's weather.
Have you ever been so proud of your garden that you wished you had some way to show it off? We're looking for readers' photos and growing tips for our "How Does Your Garden Grow?" feature in Baylife. It doesn't matter if you have a small container garden or a long-established landscape; we want to hear about it. Just answer the questions above and email them along with a couple of jpgs of your garden to Baylife@tampatrib.com. Or mail your answers and photos to Baylife, The Tampa Tribune, 200 S. Parker St., Tampa, FL 33606. Please include a phone number and/or email (not for publication).