The rubber vine can be trained as a small tree.

The rubber vine can be trained as a small tree.

Visitors to Riverland Nursery in June will be dazzled by the summertime inventory of unique, blooming plants which were nowhere in sight during the winter.  Many Florida gardeners like to infuse their landscapes with a variety of stunning, summer blooming plants that thrive on long hours of daylight, intense heat and rain.A personal favorite summer plant is the crape myrtle. Few summer blooming plants can compete with the colorful and lush crape myrtles that beautify landscapes across Florida and the southern states.   Crape myrtles brighten summer landscapes with beautiful clusters of flowers that can extend for 6 to 18 inches.   The flowers come in a variety of colors including shades of white, lavender, pink, red and purple.

Another plant by which you can set your calendar is the mussaenda.  Mussaenda is favored for its showy, large blooms which can be salmon, red, white or pale yellow.  This plant can be maintained at six to eight feet tall and should be located in a place where the homeowner will not mind that it has bare branches during the winter.  The dwarf variety has pale yellow flowers and can be maintained at three to four feet.

Other plants noted for their beautiful summer blooms are: rubber vine, coral vine, Rangoon creeper, dwarf Poinciana, plumeria frangipani, canna lily, cassia alata, gingers, heliconia, and several of the clerodendrums such as the musical notes, pagoda flower, and java glory bower.  Another popular summer plant is caladium, a perennial favored for its colorful, heart shaped leaves in shades of white, green, red, and pink.

Coral vine is a fantastic summer bloomer and a great source of nectar for bees.

Coral vine is a fantastic summer bloomer and a great source of nectar for bees.

The stunning dwarf poinciana will bloom until late fall.

The stunning dwarf poinciana will bloom until late fall.