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Hurricane-Proof Gardening

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When hurricane season strikes, the landscape often suffers. Winds that rattle windows can tear out shrubs and crack the limbs of majestic mature trees. If you are tired of the endless clean up after every tropical storm that passes, you may need to renovate your landscape with the aim at hurricane-proofing it.


The Hurricane-Proof Garden
While the biggest hurricanes can strip every blade of grass from a lawn, there are some plants naturally suited to resisting winds. Other varieties have evolved to handle flooding conditions without dying or breaking into pieces. By adding more of these tough contenders to your garden or yard, you will spend less time replacing delicate bedding flowers or trees that just can't handle the storm.


Trees For Shade And Beauty
Look for trees that develop deep and well-spread roots to resist the shearing forces of winds. Crape myrtle (Lagerstroemia indica) is a wonderful ornamental that offers brilliant blooms in the summer while sticking through high winds and high waters. For a true shade-producing champion that handles both drought and hurricane conditions, try slash pine (Pinus elliottii). There are numerous palms that also just bend and sway when the storms blow.


Stop Shrubbery Loss
For a more durable hedge, consider blending the deep rooted yaupon holly (Ilex vomitoria) and the equally well settled Schlling's holly (Illex Schilling). Both can be trimmed to create a boundary that won't wilt or shed branches and leaves all over the lawn. Podocarpus (Podocarpus macrophyllus) is a good option as well that remains evergreen and can reach heights of 20 feet. Finally, don't forget about the flooding and drought tolerant native Simpson's Stopper (Myrcianthes fragrans).


Perky Perennials
Finally, round out the landscape with a healthy dose of perennials. These returning beauties tend to be a bit tougher than their annual counterparts. Pentas (Pentas lanceolata) provide pink or bright red blooms that can attract butterflies. Add in some Crinum Lilies (Crinum spp.) for showy centerpieces that won't shed in hard weather conditions.

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