It’s thrilling to watch this trend happening. Professional gardeners all over the nation understand the drama, energy, and excitement that this incredible group of plants can add to the temperate garden. There’s simply nothing like it, and there’s no better way to get visitors engaged with your gardening efforts than by surprising them with the unusual textural accents of a nine-foot banana!
Photo from: Tropical Plants and How to Love Them (Cool Springs, 2021)
Tropical plants don’t have to be forever!
Successfully designing with tropical plants
Let’s look at three easy ways to try a few tropical plants this season:
Tropical plants create beautiful and unusual combinations in containers – here a mix of begonia, euphorbia, vinca, and tradescantia rise to the challenge of a hot, late-season garden.
Canna and colocasia in a container water feature early in the season. By mid-season, these plants will have created a lush corner on an atmospheric patio. Photo from: Tropical Plants and How to Love Them (Cool Springs, 2021)
Sansevieria creates incredible contrast with temperate Japanese painted ferns. In the early autumn, these will be brought back inside. Photo from: Tropical Plants and How to Love Them (Cool Springs, 2021)
This healthy peperomia is starting the season back indoors with increased health and coloration at its peak. Photo from: Tropical Plants and How to Love Them (Cool Springs, 2021)
Enjoy a vacation – every evening – with tropical plants!
Allow yourself to flirt with a few this season and enjoy a tropical love affair of your own!
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