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Planting in June

June marks the official start of summer, so it’s recommended that Florida gardeners continue to select heat-tolerant plants and vegetables. Learn what you can plant this month with these gardening suggestions based on the state’s climate zones. Use the gardening region map to find your region. 

North Florida

Annuals: Opt for annuals that can handle full sun, such as celosia, portulaca, and vinca.

Perennials: North Florida gardeners can add vibrant colors to their landscapes with blue sage, rose leaf sage, and other varieties of salvias.

Palms: With the warm weather and rain, summer is a great time to plant palms, but remember not to cover trunks with soil.

Herbs: Stick to herbs that thrive in heat, such as rosemary and basil. (Prevent flowering and enhance branching by regularly pinching back.)

Vegetables: Since it’s too late to plant tomatoes, try planting lima bean, southern pea, sweet potato, and okra instead.

Central Florida

Annuals: Choose annuals that can take the full sun of the summer months, including portulaca, vinca, and some coleus.

Palms: June is the perfect time to plant palms in Central Florida.

Herbs: If you’d like to plant herbs, select heat-loving ones, such as Mexican tarragon, basil, and rosemary.

Vegetables: It’s time to plant okra, southern pea, Malabar spinach, sweet potato, and calabaza.

South Florida

Annuals: Try planting vinca, celosia, and other annuals that can endure full sun.

Palms: Take advantage of the season’s warm, rainy weather by planting palms.

Herbs: Herbs that love heat, such as ginger, cumin, and summer savory, are recommended this month.

Vegetables: Those in South Florida should plant tropical vegetables, such as chayote and boniato.


Adapted and excerpted from:

Florida Gardening Calendar,” UF/IFAS Florida Gardening Calendar (Accessed 05/2014).


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