URSULA E. SCHULTZ, OLDSMAR
Q: Describe your garden.
Answer: We live in a community where the homes are on a zero lot line, and that is a challenge for a gardener. Every foot counts in order to place the right plants to get the maximum effect.
Q: How long have you been gardening?
Answer: I pursued a profession as a landscape designer and horticulturist for more than 35 years. When I moved to Florida, I fell in love with the tropical plants. Now I am retired and can devote my leisure time to gardening.
Q: From whom (or what) have you learned the most as a gardener?
Answer: My love for nature came from my father, who was a horticulturist and Master Gardener at a large cemetery in Germany.
Q: What are your go-to plants?
Answer: I try to include fragrant, blooming, tropical and basic evergreen plants, such as ilex schilling, dwarf Indian hawthorn, liriope and zamia. Also, three times a year, I use different annuals in baskets and window planters.
Q: What was your biggest gardening mistake?
Answer: I planted creeping fig vines at our weekend home’s walls. This plant has a tendency to get out of hand.
Q: What are some challenges you face in your garden?
Answer: I am always running out of room for new plants.
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