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Florida Garden Select

Sponsored by FNGLA, the Florida Garden Select program is designed to promote the use of superior and proven Florida plants. Benefiting growers, garden centers and consumers alike, Florida Garden Select plants are ideal for most Florida gardens. Many of the selected plants can reach outside Florida and into most Southern States. Use the zone feature to locate plants specific to your growing zone.

Florida Garden Select plants have been deemed superior plants for Florida's environment by a jury of growers, horticulturists, retailers, landscape professionals and University of Florida faculty members. The program is over a decade old having spent much of the first decade as the Florida Plants of the Year program. For more details on the plants or the program, contact Jennifer Nelis at jnelis@fngla.org or call FNGLA at 800.375.3642.

List of past Florida Garden Select winners

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Acca sellowiana/ Pineapple Guava (formerly known as Feijoa)
Aesculus pavia/  Red Buckeye
Aglaonema 'B.J. Freeman'/B.J. Freeman Aglaonema
Aglaonema 'Silverado'/ 'Silverado'Aglaonema ppaf
Aloe maculata (formerly saponaria)
Aloysia virgata- Almond Bush
Angelonia angustifolia 'Hilo Princess'/'Hilo Princess'Angelonia
Anthurium 'Sarah'
Arachis glabrata-- Perennial Peanut
Arachniodes simplicor/ East Indian Holly Fern
Aristolochia grandiflora/ Pelican Flower
Aspidistra 'Milky Way'/ Cast-Iron Plant
Barleria micans/ Yellow Barleria
Begonia 'Dragon Wing'
Bignonia capreolata/Cross Vine
Bismarckia nobilis-- Bismarck Palm
Brunfelsia grandiflora/ Yesterday-today-and-tomorrow
Buddleia lindleyana/ Lindley's Butterfly Bush
Bulbine frutescens/ Yellow African Bulbine
Calliandra emarginata/ Dwarf Powderpuff
Callicarpa americana/ Beautyberry
Camellia sasanqua 'Shishigashira'/ 'Shishigashira'Camellia
Cestrum aurantiacum/ Golden Jasmine
Chionanthus virginicus/ Fringe Tree
Cocculus laurifolius/Snailseed
Codieaum 'Mammy'/ Mammy Croton
Cordia boissieri/ White Geiger
Curcuma cordata-- Jewel of Thailand Ginger
Curcuma elata-- Giant Plume Ginger
Curcuma zedoaria-- Hidden Ginger
Cyrtomium falcatum/ Holly Ferm
Dichorisandra thrysiflora/ Blue Ginger
Didymochlaena truncatula/ Mahogany Fern
Dioon edule
Dracaena deremensis 'Limelight'
Dryopteris erythrosora/Autumn Fern
Duranta erecta 'Gold Mound'/ Golden Dewdrop
Dyckia (spp.)
Eragrostis spectabilis/ Purple lovegrass
Ficus 'Green Island'/ Green Island Ficus
Ficus benjamina 'Midnight'/ Midnight Ficus
Ficus benjamina 'Too Little'/ Toolittle Ficus
Ficus binnendijkii 'Alii'/ Alii Ficus
Galphimia gracilis/ Shower-of-Gold
Hamelia patens/Firebush
Homalomena 'Emerald Gem'/ 'Emerald Gem'
Hydrangea quercifolia-- Oak Leaf Hydrangea
Ilex vomitoria 'Pendula'/ Weeping Yaupon Holly
Ilex x 'Robin' -- Robin Holly
Ipomoea batatas 'Blackie'/Black Sweet Potato
Ipomoea batatas 'Margarita'/Yellow Sweet Potato
Itea 'Henry's Garnett'/ Sweetspire
Justicia spicigera-- Orange Plume
Kaempferia spp./Peacock Ginger
Lagerstroemia indica 'Acoma', 'Tonto'and 'Sioux'Crape Myrtle
Leonotis leonurus/ Lion's Ear
Ligustrum japonicum 'Lake Tresca'/'Lake Tresca'Ligustrum
Livistona decipiens/ Ribbon Palm
Loropetalum chinense var. rubrum/Pink Loropetalum
Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'/ Little Gem Magnolia
Malpighia coccigera/ Miniature, West Indian or Singapore Holly
Millettia reticulata/ Evergreen or Tropical Wisteria
Mimosa strigillosa
Muhlenbergia dumosa
Myrcianthes fragrans 'Compacta'-- Simpson's Stopper (compact form)
Nandina domestica 'Firepower'/'Firepower'Dwarf Nandina
Neomarica caerulea 'Regina'
Ocimum kilimandscharicum X O. basilicum purpurescens /African Blue Basil
Odontonema strictum/Firespike
Paspalum quadrifarium/ Evergreen Paspalum
Petrea volubilis/ Sandpaper Vine
Phaius tankervilliae/ Nun's Orchid
Phalaenopsis Baldan's Kaleidoscope 'Golden Treasure'/ Kaleidoscope
Phoenix sylvestris/ Wild Indian Date Palm
Plectranthus 'Mona Lavender'/ 'Mona Lavender' Plectranthus
Quercus geminata/ Sand Live Oak
Rhapidophyllum hystrix/ Needle Palm
Russelia sarmentosa/ Red Russelia
Sabal minor/ Drawf Palm
Salvia 'Indigo Spires'/Indigo Spires
Salvia guaranitica/ Anise-scented Sage
Salvia leucantha/ Mexican Bush Sage
Schefflera arboricola 'Luseane'/ Schefflera Luseane
Senna polyphylla/Desert Cassia
Serenoa repens (silver form)/ Silver Saw Palmetto
Solenostemon scutellarioides 'Hurricane Louise'/ 'Hurricane Louise'Coleus
Spathiphyllum 'Domino'/ Spathiphyllum 'Domino'PP-9944 
Stokesia laevis/ Stokes'Aster
Stomanthe sanguinea 'Triostar'
Syngonium 'Allusion Series'/Nephthytis
Tabebuia impetiginosa / Purple Trumpet Tree
Tecoma stans/ Yellow Elder
Ternstroemia gymnanthera/ Japanese Cleyera
Thrinax radiata/ Florida Thatch Palm
Tibouchina urvilleana/ Princess Flower
Tipuana tipu
Torenia fournieri 'Summer Wave'/'Summer Wave'  Torenia
Trachelospermum asiaticum 'Tricolor'/ Varigated Dwarf or Asiatic Jasmine
Ulmus alata/Winged Elm
Viburnum obovatum (compact form)-- Compact Walter's Viburnum
Wisteria frutescens 'Amethyst Falls'/Amethyst Falls Wisteria
Zamia maritima (also referenced as furfurcaea/ Cardboard Palm
Zamioculas zamifolia/ "ZZ"
Zinnia 'Profusion'/'Profusion'Zinnia'