Driving in Winter Park, I noticed a sad situation. These cast iron plants, Aspidistra elatior, were burning up with the heat. They were not new plants and I wondered why they were scorched. I stopped my car to try and solve the mystery.
The garden bed was filled with mondo grass, cast irons, and bromeliads, all shade loving plants. With the heat of the summer sun, the future does not bode well for these easy-care groundcovers for areas that don't get sunlight.
Turning to view the sidewalk and entire front yard, the answer was right there. A live oak, obviously an older tree, rotting and in danger of falling onto cars or the sidewalk had been removed.