THE TROPICAL LOOK / THE EXOTIC GARDEN / HOT PLANTS FOR COOL CLIMATES
OK, so you have nearly memorized Riffle's The Tropical Look and Iversen's The Exotic Garden; you are totally inspired by Schrader & Ross' Hot Plants for Cool Climates. This is the category close to what Dan Hinkley calls "Tropicalismo Gardening"! Now you want to flesh out your own version of shamelessly flashy tropicals & subtropicals currently in high fashion due not only to some excellent books, but in many plant magazine articles, excellent botanic & civic garden displays as well as smashingly flamboyant plantings at zoos & amusement parks--we suggest a beginning core group of plants from the following collections to get your tropics started. No roadside nursery's plugs & packs of cheap annuals will show up in either of these.
Now you want to flesh out your own version of shamelessly flashy torpicals & subtropicals currently in high fashion not only because of this inspiring books, but also due to manymagazine articles, excellent botanic & civic garden displays as well as smashingly flamboyant plantings at zoos & amusement parks. And because you've always wanted to combine orange and purple plants in the same container. We suggest a beginning core group of plants from the following collections to get your outdoor tropics started. Add these to your local nursery's plugs and packs of annuals to unabashedly wow all your friends this summer-not just gardening freinds (they might be sorely shocked and may need treatment for the vapors), but those friends who never noticed youeven had a garden before.
***Beyond the boundaries of these collections are plants which, while perfect in such a display, would take too long to grow quickly enough to give an immediate impact in one season. We suggest that you separately order these in terms of growing them on for eventual inclusion in your extravagant displays: Palms, most Bamboo, Citrus, Excoecaria, Punica, Heliconia, Jatropha, Monstera, Phormium, Rohdea, Tree Ferns, Strelitzias, Agaves, Crinums, & Cycads.
***Also note the Banana collection offered further down this page.
***For those of you nearby, remember that we always stock large Thai ceramic pots at the nursery.