I am starting to attempt a lush, tropical-looking back yard like the one at Hoeandshovel.com (If you haven't looked at her photos, you really should. That woman has an EYE for this stuff! But alas, she doesn't consult on my size of the state)
I need suggestions for plants for the "mid-zone" in height range. I've got specimen trees and mature Loquats and Oaks, tons of Schefflera, Porterweed, and other tall-growers. And I think I might have a handle on the lower-growers and groundcovers. What is in the middle? I don't want to have to constantly prune things that want to be 10' tall down to the 2-4' range.