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Planting in August

August marks the transition from summer to fall—especially in your garden. If you're wondering what you should plant this month, use these suggestions based on the Florida climate zones. Find out which region you live in by taking a look at the gardening region map.

North Florida

Bedding Plants: Because August includes some of the hottest days of the year, limit planting to heat-tolerant varieties such as vinca, gaillardia, bulbine, and coleus.

Bulbs: You can plant Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily any time of the year—even in August.

Herbs: Opt for herbs that can be planted from plants as opposed to seeds. Such herbs include bay laurel, ginger, Mexican tarragon, and rosemary.

Vegetables: Although the temperatures are still high, August starts the fall planting season. This means that many cool-season crops can be planted along with a final crop of warm-season vegetables such as peppers.

Central Florida

Bedding Plants: Stick to planting heat-tolerant coleus, kalanchoe, and vinca.

Bulbs: Plants such as Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily can flourish during the late summer.

Herbs: Choose herbs that can be planted from plants such as ginger, rosemary, and bay laurel.

Vegetables: Now is the time to start planting cool-season crops such as collards and onions. However, you can still plant a final crop of warm-season vegetables.

South Florida

Bedding Plants: Try plants that can withstand the heat such as vinca, coleus, salvia, and celosia.

Bulbs: Aztec lily, butterfly lily, walking iris, and spider lily can be planted now and any time throughout the year in South Florida.

Herbs: In August, try herbs that can be planted from plants and not seeds (such as bay laurel and Mexican tarragon).

Vegetables: You can start many cool-season crops, such as beans and collards, this month. Tomatoes can also be planted for your fall garden.

Adapted and excerpted from:

Florida Gardening Calendar,” UF/IFAS Florida Gardening Calendar.

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