Florida Friendly Garden
- Walking Path
Story Behind the Garden
The garden is a requirement by the St. John’s River Water Management District under the City’s Consumptive Use Permit. Originally the garden was called the POWR Park and was located on the corner of Bluford Avenue and City Hall. POWR (Protect Ocoee’s Water Resources) is the name of the City’s water conservation program. Although the name of the garden has changed, the purpose of the garden remains the same. It aims to create a visually appealing, water-efficient, resource protecting, Florida-Friendly garden for the citizens of Ocoee to have tangible examples of what their landscapes could be. All the plants utilized are considered Florida-friendly and were chosen to match the site’s current conditions. Roughly 17% of the plant species are native to Central Florida. Plants were picked based off their availability in local nurseries or home improvement stores, making the majority of plants easily accessible to Ocoee’s citizens. Of course, the use of more native plants in your home landscaping is highly encouraged.
For more information regarding the irrigation system used to conserve water on this project, please visit the Utilities Department page.
To view a local Florida native garden, check out the garden located at the West Oaks Library off of Silver Star Road in Ocoee.
- Light Conditions: Full Sun (shade from planted trees)
- Soil Characteristics: Sandy & Well Drained
- Drought Tolerance: Medium to High
Florida-Friendly Principles (UF/IFAS) – Used to Help Design the Garden
- Right Plant, Right Place
- Water Efficiently
- Fertilize Properly
- Attract Wildlife
- Manage Yard Pests Responsibly
- Recycle Yard Waste
Cabbage (Sabal) Palm (Native)
Coreopsis (Tickseed) (Native)
Passion Flower (Maypop) (Native)
Powderpuff (Sunshine) Mimosa (Native)
Southern Magnolia (Balbay) (Native)
*The Florida Friendly Demonstration Garden utilizes dwarf cultivar Hamelia patens ‘Compacta,’ a non-native, but still Florida-friendly, species of Firebush. However, the non-dwarf variety of Firebush (Hamelia patens) is native.
To find more information on these and other Florida Friendly plants, click here.
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program: https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Publications: https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/resources/publications/
UF IFAS Gardening Solutions: https://gardeningsolutions.ifas.ufl.edu/
Florida-Friendly Landscaping Program Plant Guide: https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/plants/
9 Principles of Florida-Friendly Landscaping: https://ffl.ifas.ufl.edu/about-ffl/9-principles/
USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map: https://planthardiness.ars.usda.gov/
St. Johns River Water Management District Waterwise Plant Database: http://publicserver2.sjrwmd.com/waterwise/search.jsp
USDA Plant Database: https://plants.usda.gov/home
UF IFAS Assessment of Non-Native Plants in Florida’s Natural Areas: https://assessment.ifas.ufl.edu/
ASPCA Toxic and Non-toxic Plant List – Dogs: https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/dogs-plant-list
Sunshine 811: https://www.sunshine811.com/
Help us keep your parks safe. Please report any damaged equipment or graffiti to the Parks and Recreation Department at 407-877-5803. Report any suspicious behavior at any City park to the Ocoee Police Department at 407-905-3160.