tropicals for north texas

texas_roosterJune 2, 2006

hello, i am a new wanna be gardener. i need advice for creating a tropical backyard. i really like ferns and boardleaf plants as well as some small trees. what i don't know is what to buy or where to look to find what i want. i would really like to create a backyard that reminds me of hawaii or close. thanks in advance for any suggestions and help in this area

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the_virginian(Zone 7 NoVA)

I would get cold hardy bananas like Musa Basjoo, hardy palms like sabal minor, needle palm and windmill palms (Trachycarpus Fortunei) to start. Hardy citrus like citrumelo or flying dragon would also be good for that look.

    Bookmark   June 7, 2006 at 1:42PM
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kaye620(z8bGA)

Cannas, Cast Iron Plant, and Elephant Ears are also a great start. They are easy to find and they aren't expensive.

    Bookmark   June 10, 2006 at 9:27AM
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dirt_dew(z9 az)

I have seen Musa Balbisiana listed as hardy to zone 8. They grow well here in Phoenix.

    Bookmark   June 16, 2006 at 1:19AM
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zone_denial(6b)

Don't forget to add some hardy hibiscus to the mix. With dinnerplate size flat flowers they'll really be a tropical showstopper.

Good luck!!

    Bookmark   June 17, 2006 at 7:02PM
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sebastian(8-9)

http://tropicalesque.com/
There is one list at www.uncledsnursery.com
Also search 'tropicalesque gardening'.
Barbie

    Bookmark   June 18, 2006 at 10:40PM
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kevin_gardener

What part of TX are you in,?
Maybe I can help.

    Bookmark   June 25, 2006 at 10:17PM
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davissue_zone9(z9 Sunset 14)

Go visit the Dallas Arboretum for ideas- They have tropical and subtropical things galore there.

Here is a link that might be useful: dallas arboretum

    Bookmark   June 26, 2006 at 10:20AM
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jon1949(z7 north tx.)

Hi rooster, I'm in denton Zone 7.I like bananas,large leaves and easy to grow.Pictures below.john

Here is a link that might be useful: bananas

    Bookmark   July 17, 2006 at 3:54PM
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gurley157fs(zone 7/8sc)

davissue and john, the pictures you posted are stunning. I wish more people would post pictures of thier gardens or ideas for tropical landscaping. It is so much more interesting (and inspiring) to see groupings of plants rather than just one plant.

    Bookmark   July 23, 2006 at 9:39AM
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jon1949(z7 north tx.)

Hi gurley157fs,Thanks for the kind words.Good luck with your landscape.john

    Bookmark   July 25, 2006 at 12:59PM
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