moving out of tropics

madabouteu(8A - central Alabama)March 31, 2006

Well, semitropics anyway. I'm leaving New Orleans and will be going to Gadsden, Alabama, right on the border between zones 7 and 8. Does anyone have any advice on which plants I can use there to have some semblance of a new Orleans garden? Does anyone have a book to recommend? Thanks in advance.

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the_virginian(Zone 7 NoVA)

I would plant cold hardy palms like Sabal Minor, Sabal Lousiana, Sabal Birmingham, Trachycarpus Takil, Trachycarpus Fortunei and Needle Palms. Also, for cold hardy Bananas, get a Musa Basjoo or Japanese Snow Banana. It is a die back perrenial, but grows 10-15 feet in a season and really looks tropical.

    Bookmark   April 11, 2006 at 1:32AM
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takil is great. heres some pics of some young ones. They grow very tall and thin without stoutness.

    Bookmark   April 12, 2006 at 6:06PM
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tamivileine(z8b OS,MS, US)

Robert Lee Riffle's "The Tropical Look" is an EXCELLENT resource, as is "The Exotic Garden" (can't remember author)

sea ya

    Bookmark   April 14, 2006 at 10:08AM
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