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Tropical South

Selecting plants suited to the Tropical South climate is a key step to success.

Various initiatives have taken place to determine how well plants would withstand the cold winter temperatures (Plant Hardiness Zones) or when plants would start suffering from the heat (Plant Heat Zones).

The Tropical South region lies in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 10-11 and in AHS Heat Zones 10 through 12.

If you know your hardiness zone and heat zone, find the best plants or exciting garden ideas for your geographic area.




Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern Red' (Flowering Maple)

Noted for its long flowering season and compact size, Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern Red' (Flowering Maple) is a dwarf, bushy, rounded, semi-evergreen shrub bearing large, pendent, brilliant red, bell-shaped flowers. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost (and almost year-round in warm climates), they decorate the plant with a profusion of eye-catching, lantern-shaped blossoms which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The pretty flowers stand out against the fresh green foliage of maple-like leaves that line the gracefully arching branches.

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Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern Tangerine' (Flowering Maple)

Noted for its long flowering season and compact size, Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern Tangerine' (Flowering Maple) is a dwarf, bushy, rounded, semi-evergreen shrub bearing large, pendent, soft tangerine, bell-shaped flowers. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost (and almost year-round in warm climates), they decorate the plant with a profusion of eye-catching, lantern-shaped blossoms which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The pretty flowers stand out against the fresh green foliage of maple-like leaves that line the gracefully arching branches.

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Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern White' (Flowering Maple)

Noted for its long flowering season and compact size, Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern White' (Flowering Maple) is a dwarf, bushy, rounded, semi-evergreen shrub bearing large, pendent, pure white, bell-shaped flowers. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost (and almost year-round in warm climates), they decorate the plant with a profusion of eye-catching, lantern-shaped blossoms which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The pretty flowers stand out against the fresh green foliage of maple-like leaves that line the gracefully arching branches.

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Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern Yellow' (Flowering Maple)

Noted for its long flowering season and compact size, Abutilon 'Lucky Lantern Yellow' (Flowering Maple) is a dwarf, bushy, rounded, semi-evergreen shrub bearing large, pendent, soft lemon-yellow, bell-shaped flowers. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost (and almost year-round in warm climates), they decorate the plant with a profusion of eye-catching, lantern-shaped blossoms which attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The pretty flowers stand out against the fresh green foliage of maple-like leaves that line the gracefully arching branches.

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Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn' (Flowering Maple)

Abutilon 'Souvenir de Bonn' (Flowering Maple) is a large, upright, evergreen shrub bearing a profusion of pendent, salmon-pink, bell-shaped flowers, up to 2.5 in long (6 cm), adorned with dark red veining. Resembling Chinese lanterns, they dangle like porcelain earrings from the branches. Blooming for months from spring to fall (all year long in frost free areas), they attract butterflies and hummingbirds. Equally beautiful, the variegated foliage of large, maple-like, dark green leaves features showy, creamy edges.

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Abutilon 'Victor Reiter' (Flowering Maple)

Very floriferous, Abutilon 'Victor Reiter' (Flowering Maple) is an upright, evergreen shrub or small tree bearing a profusion of huge, outward facing, soft tangerine, bell-shaped flowers, up to 3 in. across (7 cm). Resembling miniature pumpkins in buds, they open to form hibiscus-like flowers and dangle like porcelain earrings from the gracefully arching branches. Blooming for months from spring to fall, they attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The pretty blossoms stand out nicely against the lush foliage of shiny, maple-like, dark green leaves.

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Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' (Trailing Abutilon)

Spectacular, Abutilon megapotamicum 'Variegatum' (Trailing Abutilon) is a semi-evergreen shrub bearing pendent, bell-shaped flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a red calyx protecting its yellow petals. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost, they decorate the plant with a profusion of blossoms resembling Chinese lanterns. Butterflies and hummingbirds feast on them. Providing a neat contrast, the variegated foliage of heart-shaped, slender pointed leaves is flecked with golden yellow spots and lines the gracefully arching branches.

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Abutilon megapotamicum (Trailing Abutilon)

Vigorous, Abutilon megapotamicum (Trailing Abutilon) is a semi-evergreen shrub bearing pendent, bell-shaped flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with a red calyx protecting its yellow petals. Blooming for weeks from summer to frost, they decorate the plant with a profusion of blossoms resembling Chinese lanterns. Butterflies and hummingbirds feast on them. The foliage of heart-shaped, slender pointed leaves lines the gracefully arching branches.

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Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii' (Painted Abutilon)

Highly popular, Abutilon pictum 'Thompsonii' (Painted Abutilon) is a vigorous, upright, evergreen shrub or small tree bearing a profusion of showy, salmon-pink, bell-shaped flowers. Resembling Chinese lanterns, they dangle like porcelain earrings from extraordinarily long stalks. Blooming for months from spring to fall (all year long in frost free areas), they attract butterflies and hummingbirds. The variegated foliage of shiny, maple-like, dark green leaves is speckled with yellow and lines the arching branches.

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Abutilon striatum (Red Vein Indian Mallow)

Spectacular-looking, Abutilon striatum (Red Vein Indian Mallow) is an evergreen shrub bearing a profusion of showy, orange, bell-shaped flowers, 2 in. across (5 cm), adorned with prominent crimson veining. Resembling Chinese lanterns, they dangle like porcelain earrings from extraordinarily long stalks. Blooming for months from spring to fall (all year long in frost free areas), they attract butterflies and hummingbirds.The foliage of shiny, maple-like, dark green leaves lines the strongly upright branches.

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Acanthus 'Whitewater' (Bear's Breech)

Luminous and vigorous, Acanthus 'Whitewater' (Bear's Breech) is a clump-forming perennial boasting a gorgeous variegated foliage of large, deeply cut, dark-green leaves adorned with creamy-white margins and splashes. In summer, the foliage mound is topped by erect flower stems bearing pink and cream, funnel-shaped flowers with hood-like purple bracts.

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Acanthus hungaricus (Bear's Breech)

Stately and dramatic, Acanthus hungaricus (Bear's Breech) is an upright, clump-forming perennial boasting strikingly elegant spikes of hooded, pink-flushed to white flowers adorned with spiny, red-purple bracts. Blooming from early to mid-summer, they rise well above a superb foliage mound of long, shiny, deeply-cut, basal olive-green leaves, which usually remains attractive throughout the growing season.

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Acanthus mollis 'Morning's Candle' (Bear's Breech)

Very floriferous, Acanthus mollis 'Morning Candle' (Bear's Breech) is a semi-evergreen, clump-forming perennial boasting strikingly elegant spikes of hooded, pure white flowers adorned with prickly purple bracts. Blooming from mid to late summer, they rise well above a superb foliage mound of large, shiny, deeply-cut, dark green leaves.

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Acanthus mollis 'Rue Ledan' (Bear's Breech)

Luminous and floriferous, Acanthus mollis 'Rue Ledan' (Bear's Breech) is a clump-forming perennial boasting strikingly elegant spikes of hooded, pure white flowers adorned with green bracts. Blooming from early summer to early fall, they rise well above a superb foliage mound of large, shiny, deeply-cut, dark green leaves.

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Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breech)

Stately and vigorous, Acanthus mollis (Bear's Breech) is a semi-evergreen clump-forming perennial boasting strikingly elegant spikes of hooded, creamy-white flowers adorned with dusky purple bracts. Blooming from early to mid-summer, they rise well above a superb foliage mound of large, shiny, deeply-cut, dark green leaves.

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Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag)

Ideal for wet areas, Acorus calamus 'Variegatus' (Variegated Sweet Flag) is an attractive herbaceous perennial forming a tuft of gracefully arching, narrow, sword-shaped leaves adorned with creamy-white and green stripes. Often displaying a nice pink tinge in cold weather, the foliage is sweetly fragrant when bruised.

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Adiantum raddianum (Delta Maidenhair)

Elegant and fast growing, Adiantum raddianum (Delta Maidenhair) is a tufted evergreen fern with smooth, purplish-black stalks bearing triangular, 3-pinnate, lacy fronds composed of rounded, fan-shaped segments. Emerging light green, they darken with age and can reach 18 in. in length (45 cm). Popular as houseplant, it is long lived if it receives sufficient humidity and is not exposed to drafts.

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Aeonium 'Sunburst'

Among the loveliest of Aeoniums, award-winning 'Sunburst' is an evergreen succulent with large variegated rosettes, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. Held on long bare stems, the leaves are a delightful combination of creamy yellow and green stripes and are adorned with coppery red tips when exposed to the sun.

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Aeonium 'Zwartkop'

A truly captivating Aeonium, award-winning 'Zwartkop' is an evergreen succulent with large rosettes, 6-8 in. across (15-20 cm), of glossy, fleshy, dark burgundy, pointed leaves. If grown in full sun, the foliage of this Aeonium turns almost black, adding incredible drama and interest to the garden or containers.

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Aeonium canariense (Canary Island Aeonium)

Aeonium canariense is an impressive evergreen succulent with large velvety rosettes, 6-12 in. across (15-30 cm), of fleshy leaves. Fresh green when grown in part shade, the soft, fuzzy leaves become tinged with reddish pink when exposed to the sun.

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Aeonium haworthii 'Kiwi'

A very pretty Aeonium, award-winning 'Kiwi' is an evergreen succulent with small variegated rosettes, 3-5 in. across (7-12 cm), of fleshy, spoon-shaped leaves. Creamy-yellow in their center, the pointed leaves gradually change to soft green towards their edges, which are elegantly adorned with a rose-red ribbon when adequately exposed to the sun.

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Aeoniums

Mostly native to the Canary Islands off the west coast of North Africa, Aeoniums are fascinating evergreen succulents with irresistible rosettes of fleshy, pinwheel leaves. Attractive when not blooming, they are particularly striking with their bright racemes of small, star-shaped flowers.

Agapanthus 'Arctic Star' (African Lily)

Noted for its hardiness and vigorous growth, Agapanthus 'Arctic Star' produces large rounded clusters of trumpet-shaped, pure white flowers on sturdy, upright stalks atop a clump of beautiful, semi-evergreen, gray-green, strap-shaped leaves.

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Agapanthus 'Black Buddhist' (African Lily)

One of the darkest African Lilies, Agapanthus 'Black Buddhist' is a compact perennial with large rounded clusters packed with dark blue, trumpet-shaped flowers, each adorned with a dark stripe down the center of the petals.

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