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Brandon, FL
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Tampa, FL
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Please let me know what grows in the backyard in Tampa, FL to provide screening and privacy?
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Tampa, FL
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Mr. Smarty Plants, I live in Tampa Florida and am looking for a non toxic, evergreen, profusely flowering vine to cover a wall. It needs to be cold hardy to approx. 20F. Thanks for your help
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Tampa, FL
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Tampa, FL
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Tampa, FL
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Need shrubs to plant alongside a swimming pool in Tampa, FL.
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Tampa, FL
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I live in Tampa, FL and have a deer problem. I was wondering if you would give me some suggestions for deer resistant ground covers that are hearty and flower but most of all "DEER RESISTANT"!!! ...
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Oldsmar, FL
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