Help! Tropical Plants in Texas?
I'm new to Garden Web so here goes...
We are seriously considering relocating from Northwest Oregon to Texas, most likely around Corpus Christi or Victoria. I've been dreaming about growing tropicals/subtropicals in my own (future) backyard, but all of the info on coastal Texas paints a pretty bleak picture! I expected to find exotic plants galore, but most of the websites "highly" recommended things like oaks, maples, pines, and other "northern" trees. HOW BORING! The shrub and flower recommendations weren't much better. We can grow more than that here in the Willamette Valley! I also found that the majority of the palm species suggested for the gulf coast were ones that we grow here!
So, my question is this. Does gulf coast Texas get so cold that tropicals are just out of the question? Or are these sites just not a real representation of what gardeners actually grow?