In the Butterfly Garden, visitors can not only see around 12 different kinds of butterflies, but also the types of plants the butterflies use as food sources. What may look like weeds to us, are actually plants grown specifically for the butterflies and are the butterflies’ favorited food sources. A few of such weeds are the Tassel-flower, Beggar’s Tick, and Mistflower. There are also a variety of nectar plants around the garden, such as Tropical Sage, Firebush, Coral Honeysuckle, Mexican Petunia, Tampa Verbena, and Dune Sunflower.
Visitors to Mounts can find shade in the Tropical Forest. This shaded tropical garden provides a cooler area to explore, with the temperature sometimes being up to ten degrees less than gardens in the sun nearby. The lower temperatures are created by the dense foliage of bromeliads, ferns, orchids, and other tropical plants in a collection of different colors, textures, and sizes. The eye is naturally drawn upwards while exploring this garden, with spots of color working their way from the garden floor to the treetops.
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The Mediterranean Garden features Mediterranean plants and those that can be used as substitutes that can survive in the area’s subtropical climate. With a large amount of architecture throughout Palm Beach County being of the Neo-Mediterranean style, a garden or landscape that matches if often desired. Unfortunately, much of plants from the Mediterranean do not survive in a subtropical climate. This garden demonstrates how visitors can have create a Mediterranean style garden that can survive the climate.
Visitors to the Rainbow Garden are greeted with a wide array of colors arranged by hue. The color spectrum is made possible by an extensive assortment of flowers and foliage. The plants in this garden demonstrate the variety of color of plants that grow well in the area.
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Plants showcased in the Garden of Extremes grow best in extreme environments. The plants or materials here are typically unique to variety of extremes, such as a very low amount of moisture in soil, strong drying winds, and large amounts of light. These extreme conditions are often necessary for the plants to survive and thrive. Extreme conditions occur in Palm Beach County, albeit more so near the coast. The Garden of Extremes showcases plants that are able to grow well with a small amount of water, many can go weeks without being watered. Much of the collection of plants in this garden consists of cacti, conifers, and fleshy leaved plants. Most plants that thrive in extreme conditions need soil that is well drained. Photo: steffstarr/Fotolia
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