No matter what region they’re in, the coastal areas have their own Florida landscaping challenges due to salt spray and wind pressure. “There are still temperature variations from north to central to south, but landscapes should be more windproof, salt-proof and oftentimes, more hurricane-proof, too,” Alvarez says.

Part of hurricane-proofing Florida landscaping — inland and on the coasts — includes keeping a landscape cleaned up, with pruned trees and good plant choices. On coastal areas, even irrigation water may have a higher saline content, making it partially salt water, so plants, trees, and shrubs should be adapted to these conditions.