Tropical Plant for my yard

joker67January 3, 2009

Hi, I live in southern Mississippi and have moved out into the country. I have cleared off a section of land and am now looking for a way to inexpensively landscape my yard. I would like for the yard to have a very tropical look with as little effort as possible. Anything evergreen would be great. Can anyone suggest some plants?

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curdog007

There is a ton of gingers that do well in S MS, of course they(most) wont make it through the winter. I do have some that were frost bitten but are still green for the most part. Add some bananas, bunch of those do well here also.
To me, both are very tropical.
Where do you live? I'm in Vancleave

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 6:28PM
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curdog007

OH I forgot, Palms do well here. Palmettoes are native.

    Bookmark   January 7, 2009 at 6:34PM
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brhgm(z8b LA)

Cannas, gingers, bananas, and elephant ears die down in winter. LA iris, camellias and encore azaleas bloom in the Fall and Winter. Oriental magnolias such as Saucer, Star amd the Little Girl series defoliate in Winter, also bloom in late winter. Some species roses are evergreen and bloom in late Winter or early Spring like Cherokee, Lady Banks and Fortuniana. All of these plants can give a tropical look. Palms of course are great, but pick them carefully because occasionally a severe freeze burns non-native palms.

    Bookmark   January 18, 2009 at 4:21PM
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iameve(Gpt Ms)

Pampas Grass is one of my favoirtes as is Fountain Grass. MIne look good all year round but when they bloom with their pretty plumes, they are spectaular. I also like different types of cane. I have Cattails in my back yard where it is always a little wet and Bamboo is great if you get the kind that will not spread much. Mine doesn't but I forget the name of it.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2009 at 5:52PM
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graanieb

I'd have said same of many of these plants, also Hawaiian Ti (Good Luck) plants, Varigated (Shell?) Gingers and Hibiscus, especially when planted on the sheltered east or south side, in the ground and mulched, they'll recover after a freeze damage, better than in the containers Good luck.

GB

    Bookmark   March 22, 2009 at 7:54AM
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