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A Sparkling Tropical Garden with Architectural plants

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Quite colorful, this tropical garden is low maintenance and requires little attention to thrive. Most plants are very architectural and are laid out in a tapestry of striking colors, shapes and textures. We can admire with delight the graceful, evergreen rosettes of Dicksonia antarctica (Soft Tree Fern) and Cycas revoluta (Cycad) or the fan-shaped foliage of Trachycarpus fortunei (Chinese Windmill Palm).

Looking good all year-round, these striking plants compete for attention with the fiery red blossoms of Ipomoea x sloteri (Cardinal Climber), or the hot and vibrant blooms of Tropaeolum majus (Nasturtium) and Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy). A few blue Agapanthus (Lily of the Nile) cool down the atmosphere with their blue rounded clusters with star-shaped flowers numbering from 20 to more than 100.

Most of these plants are top performers, earning them the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.

Garden Information

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 11
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Garden Information

Hardiness 9 – 10
Heat Zones 8 – 11
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Water Needs Low, Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Loam
Soil Ph Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Butterflies, Hummingbirds
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders
Garden Styles Mediterranean Garden

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Great Plant Combination Ideas with Tropaeolum - Nasturtiums Great Plant Combination Ideas with Agapanthus - African Lilies Great Plant Combination Ideas with Convolvulus - Bindweeds Great Plant Combination Ideas with Ipomoea - Morning Glories


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Dicksonia antarctica (Soft Tree Fern)
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