When my husband and I first moved to Cape Coral, one of the things I was most looking forward to was being able to garden year round. As a transplant from Massachusetts, I was excited about the prospect of keeping a beautiful garden going throughout the year and not have to start from scratch each spring.

It didn't take me long to figure out the stark differences in gardening up north compared to gardening in SW Florida. I realized that there is a much smaller variety of plants that will easily thrive without a lot of fertilizer, fuss and pest control down here. Quite a bit of money and time was wasted as I experimented with different flora. I was frustrated and missing the local nurseries and garden centers that I frequented back home. I could always count on reliable advice from knowledgeable personnel at the northern garden centers but I was having trouble finding similar establishments in Florida. At first I thought my only options for purchasing plants and shrubs were Home Depot and Lowe's. They're okay for the basics but I was craving a visit to a real garden center . . . you know somewhere I could find a huge variety of plants along with gorgeous gazing balls, tinkling wind chimes, cute little bird houses, unique plant pots, lovely fountains; all of that fun stuff along with staff who would really know how to advise me.

Then I stumbled upon Driftwood Garden Center in Estero (they also have a shop in Naples). They offer everything I mentioned above and then some! Such a great place to while away a few hours. There is also a very nice spot called Riverland Nursery in Fort Myers. Closer to home for me, right in Cape Coral, is Danny Yates Landscape Nursery. They don't offer the frills that Driftwood does, but they do have a broader selection than the big box stores and the personnel are extremely knowledgeable.

If you're into orchids as I am, you need to check out Sundance Orchids & Bromeliads, right in Fort Myers. There's no way you'll stop in and not leave without at least one incredibly beautiful orchid.

The best book I've found pertaining to gardening in our area is "Easy Gardens For South Florida" by Pamela Crawford. You can find it on Amazon. Wish I had known about it when I first moved here!

Cape Coral is a wonderful place to explore beautiful parks, gardens, and flora . As you can see above, Cape Coral has a wide variety of places for you to explore. You’ll always find something to do outside in Cape Coral.  On the lookout for a luxury waterfront home in Cape Coral? Let us help you. We can help you find your dream home. Click here or call 239-357-6118 to get started on the search today.