Monday, June 29, 2015

The Best Flowers for the Florida Summer Heat

The Butter Daisy is your blooming summertime friend.
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When the Florida heat becomes too much to handle, it doesn’t mean you can’t still have beautiful flowers to enjoy in your own yard.

Check out this list of beautiful flowers and plants that can with stand the summer heat and rain here in Florida:
  • Summer is the perfect time for hanging baskets consisting of heart-leaf philodendron, pothos, hoya, Boston fern, English ivy, and syngonum. These baskets grow best when they are in full-sun locations. Enjoy these beautiful baskets by hanging them on your front porch.
  • Daylilies are a beautiful flower to add to your landscape; they’re sure to stand the heat and show off their beautiful colors. To make sure you get the most out of your daylilies, choose a sunny area, sandy soil, and keep them moist. 
  • Gerbera daisies are easy to grow in Florida. They are best when grown from the seed, in moist ground, and when fed lightly every four to six weeks. 
  • Cora and Nirvana Vinca are colorful flowers that are known to resist the heat, drought, and pest and have a long blooming season, too. 
  • The melampodium, also known as the Butter Daisy, is a popular summer annual in Florida. This small yellow flower is known for blossoming in the tropics and producing blooms throughout the summer. 
  • The wishbone flower starts to bloom early in the hottest season of the year, and will last through fall. But although wishbone flowers love the heat, they also need to stay well watered. Like philodendrons, wishbone flowers also are often found in hanging baskets. 
  • Provence Blue Lavender is the ideal flower for the Florida sun, too. It’s known to withstand high temperatures and love lots of sunshine. These perennials grow up to two feet high, and can be identified by their blue spikes and long green stems. 

Keeping a beautiful landscape throughout the Florida summer doesn’t have to leave you wilting with frustration. Follow these tips and bloom where you are planted.

Cool Spots in West Volusia for Family Fun This Summer

Brave splashers cool off recently at the splash pad
at Wes Crile Park in Deltona. 
Ready or not…summer in Florida is here! June 22 was the first official day, but there’s no reason to dread the dog days of summer. If you are looking for a place to take the family to stay cool on these hot, humid summer days, you have many options that are refreshingly close to home. West Volusia offers great public swimming holes, splash parks, and a pool.

Splash pads are becoming more and more popular in the West Volusia area, giving kids a place to play and stay oh-so-cool:
  • Veterans Park in Orange City has opened a splash pad within its park grounds. The plash pad is open from sunrise to sunset and free to all. The park is at 476 S. Volusia Avenue, Orange City.
  • The City of Deltona has a splash pad in Wes Crile Park, at 1537 Norbert Terrace. 
  • Not to be outdone, DeBary has added a splash pad to its community park at 137 S. Highway 17-92. (Note that it's closed on Mondays for maintenance.)
  • Or, splash about in the pool at the Chisholm Community Center, 520 S. Clara Ave., in DeLand.
Along with these cooling-off spots, West Volusia County also offers some natural swimming holes:
  • Take a swim in the crystal-clear spring of Blue Springs State Park; bring your snorkeling or scuba gear and check out its underwater world, too. The park is open from 8 a.m. to sundown, and has a $5 entrance fee. Blue Spring State Park is at 2100 W. French Ave., Orange City. 
  • DeLeon Springs State Park offers swimming from 8 a.m. until a half hour before sunset. This spring is a constant 72 degrees, and its depth ranges from 18 inches to 30 feet. The entrance fee is $5 per car. The park is at 601 Ponce DeLeon Blvd. 
A quick splash in a local park can equal a major refreshment on a hot summer day. Check out the local amenities and keep your cool this season!