I will be moving to Port Charlotte, Florida next year.
As you know, we really concentrate on Mid-Atlantic gardening, not Florida gardening. But we do have some resources. One book in our library, Native Florida Plants, is an eBook that you should be able to access online, since you are a member.
To do this, click on the above title link and log in to our eBook collection by using the number that is on your PHS membership card. To search through the entire collection of eBooks click here.
You will need to figure out what hardiness zone your town is. To do this, enter the zip code into the zip code lookup on the USDA Hardiness Zone map. You can then consult fruit and periennal sources, and narrow your choices down to your hardiness zone.
You may also want to contact local sources. Your Florida town is in Charlotte County. Here is the page for the
This page has some useful links, especially Florida-Friendly Landscaping
Hope these suggestions help.