What flowers to plant in January

Pansies, Petunias, Geraniums and Daisies are perfect flower plants for Florida winter weather. Full of color, some sunlight and attention at the beginning, you'll have the perfect flower bed.

Pansies have the most delicate and colorful combinations I have ever seen. Right now, you can find them in yellows, purples and oranges in our greenhouse. Pansies need nutrient-rich well-drained soils, some sunlight and water as needed to provide your borders or containers with their beautiful flowers.

Petunias are another winter favorite in Florida. Right now we have white and red available. These velvet-like flowers like to get at least six hours of sunlight. Make sure to space them 12-18 inches apart when planting so they have some room to grow.

The great thing about Geraniums is that while they prefer full sun, they will tolerate some shade. This makes them a versatile flowering plant when you are trying to figure out what to plant in your semi-shade spot. Be aware, Geraniums like to be fed, so make sure to get some fertilizer (10-10-10 or 6-6-6) to keep them looking good.

Last but not least, we have Gerber Daisies. Also known as Gerbera Daisies, these unassuming flowers are so pretty and hardy. They will come back in Florida. Gerber Daisies can tolerate some shade but prefer spots with morning sunlight and afternoon shade. Also, remember to space them when planting them at least 12 to 18 inches apart.

All of these plants work well in-ground as border plants or in containers to brighten up areas. When first finding a location for a plant, I like to place my plants for a couple of days before planting them to see how they do in that location. Ask yourself if the plants look wilted after one day, if so, then that's too much sun. Your plant will thank you later!