There are a number of tools and resources to assist you in locating the perfect plants for your Florida-friendly landscape. Most come from the University of Florida IFAS or their partners in the Florida-friendly Landscaping program. Because the information on their website is so extensive, here are a few shortcuts to finding their recommendations for what to plant here.
Applications and Databases
by Florida Yards
Includes a list of recommended trees, palms, shrubs, flowers, groundcovers, grasses and vines developed by University of Florida/IFAS horticulture experts. Just choose your region and the type of plant you are seeking and the database does the rest.
Developed by the University's horticulture experts, the guide describes over 400 plants and includes photos and basic growth information. You can access the lists by plant type, name, type, shape, light requirements, native status, and more. The database contains plant recommendations specifically for south Florida and also for other regions. You can use it on your personal computer or on any mobile device.
by The Institute for Regional Conservation
This application was designed to support the creation of wildlife habitats. Just enter your zip code and you will be presented with a list of recommended plants for your area. Even more fun, enter in the name of an animal your would like to attract to your yard, and get a plant list designed to provide the perfect habitat!
by UF/IFAS Center for Landscape Conservation and Ecology (CLCE)
More of a virtual assistant than a database, this app (and the Gardening Solutions website) helps you to design your space and then guides you through routine maintenance. But because it's Florida-specific, and was developed by the FFL experts at UF, the app has extensive plant information including growing conditions.
Books and Other Publications
Florida-friendly Landscaping Pattern Book - USDA Hardiness Zones 10A, 10B, and 11, South Florida - This is a collection of sample plant lists and designs for the South Florida region. Whether you are planning a formal garden or a more natural looking landscape, you will find easy to follow landscape patterns with recommendations of specific plants for specific places.
Visual Aides and Charts
Florida Gardening Solutions Calendar - A series of 12 printables for each region of Florida. Use the series for South Florida to identify what to plant and what to do in your garden each month of the year.
Florida Gardening Solutions Infographics - Bright and colorful printable posters to guide you through and entire year of gardening. Each advises what's in bloom and what to plant.