How Does Your Tropicalesque Garden Grow?

ekoboat(z6b MO Sunset z35)August 23, 2007

Thought I would post some photos from my garden this year. Would love to see photos of everyones gardens.

Here is a link that might be useful: Yard August 2007

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jurassicdaryl

Looks nice!

    Bookmark   August 24, 2007 at 1:57PM
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Dave in NoVA • 7a • Northern VA

I love this picture! Great idea with the mileage sign.

    Bookmark   August 28, 2007 at 9:47AM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

Here are a couple of views of my back garden that I took a couple of weeks ago; the 'Margarita' sweet potato has about doubled in size since then!

More photos in my album--see link.

Here is a link that might be useful: August garden pics

    Bookmark   August 30, 2007 at 12:43PM
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misslucinda

Jonnie- What is that purple plant next to your sweet potatoe vine--so pretty!

Eco-Such a nice composition as well. Thanks

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 12:25PM
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ekoboat(z6b MO Sunset z35)

Thanks for the nice comments! Johnnie, I agree the sweet potato vine grows like crazy this time of year, my 'Blackie' has spread about 2 feet in the last 2 weeks. I plan to get some hardy palms this coming spring and just planted a 'Natchez' crepe myrtle a couple of days ago.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 12:35PM
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ekoboat(z6b MO Sunset z35)

Lucinda - I believe Johnnies plant is Persian Shield, one of my favorites.

    Bookmark   September 1, 2007 at 12:45PM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

Yes, the purple plant is Persian shield, Strobilanthes dyerianus. I find that it wilts a bit in mid-day sun so if I plant it again next year I will move it closer to the japanese maple where it will get a bit more afternoon shade. I like the color and it has otherwise done well but the leaves have stayed quite small; when I have seen them in greenhouses or in other gardens they had much larger leaves and I'm not sure why--perhaps it gets bigger leaves with more shade?

    Bookmark   September 4, 2007 at 10:31AM
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gigiwigi

Your garden is incredible!! How do you get so many plants in there?

    Bookmark   September 5, 2007 at 11:24AM
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misslucinda

Thanks for responding about the Persian shield. Johnnie- perhaps the plant takes a while to grow to maturity. Have you thought of digging some up and overwintering it in a sunny window to see what happens?

Anyway, love the pictures-such a richly textured backdrop you've created.

Lucinda

    Bookmark   September 6, 2007 at 12:05AM
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jon1949(z7 north tx.)

Backyard in Denton Texas. John

Here is a link that might be useful: Backyard pictures

    Bookmark   September 21, 2007 at 11:19AM
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flora2(7)

I loved all your pictures. It makes me long for warm days. Ekoboat: Did you grow your Datura from seed? It is absolutely beautiful. I have always wanted a double (or triple?) but have never dared. Are they difficult to start?
Jon1949: Are those Elephant ears? Any specific variety? They are just impressive!
Thanks for posting these pictures everyone.

    Bookmark   November 7, 2007 at 12:45AM
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ekoboat(z6b MO Sunset z35)

Flora - Yes I did grow those from seed. They took a long time to germinate and grew very slowly until about the 4th set of leaves, then they took off! 1st bloom was in mid August. I started them in 6 inch pots this year, just let them sit outside all spring. I will try to start them in trays this year - maybe I can get a head start.

    Bookmark   November 9, 2007 at 1:26PM
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misslucinda

Jonnie and Eko-

I am bringing back this thread and the georgeous pictures to kick myself for not buying some colocasia, a banana and the persian shield this spring.

I rather backed into tropicals over the last few years: Been growing dahlias for 5 or six, canna for two, bought my first impulse-buy Home Depot elephant ears last summer and fell in love with how huge they grew. A little like having my own personal corner of a jungle.

Well this is a process...and theres always next spring. Thanks again for the inspiration!

Lucinda

    Bookmark   May 29, 2008 at 12:25PM
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josh_palm_crazy

Hi. Thanks for bringing this thread back. I love pictures. Here's most of what I've got going on.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2008 at 4:33PM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

Thanks Lucinda, it has been a long, cool (and pleasant) spring here but now that we're finally getting some warm weather the tropicals have really put out a lot of new growth in just a few days. I've planted a similar color combination this year, but I couldn't find the same coleus ('Sedona', a brighter orange than it appears in the photo) so I'm trying a no-name coleus from the local nursery that has orange leaves with chartreuse edges. In addition to the usual Latin grocery store "malanga" (Xanthosoma sp.) I'm also trying Xanthosoma 'Lime Zinger' for BIG chartreuse leaves, in addition to 'Margarita' sweet potato. Purple, orange and chartreuse--who would have thought they would go so well together???

Jay, that's going to be quite a garden when the bananas put out a bit more growth! But something tells me you're going to be itching for more flowerbed and less lawn...

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 12:59PM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

I have a young landscape. The spot where my house/yard is now, was a barren field four years ago, so all of the plants in my yard are just a little bit over three years old, and some were recently planted. Here are a couple of planting that i have:

In this corner, i have pygmy island date palms, giant bird of paradise, mirabilis jalapa, passiflora edulis, jujube tree, yucca guatemalensis, and TONS of young aloes and ornamental agaves that will spread and serve as ground cover within a couple of years.












And here are two of the seven queen palms i have throughout the yard:



Here i have a tropical white guava underplanted with cymbidium orchids and with a madagascar jasmine growing up the trellis on the right.


And some accent plants i have throughout the yard: Tecoma stans, duranta, pomegranate flowers, pink oleander and a brugmansia shrub.










    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 1:25PM
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misslucinda

Hi Jonnie- are you still there?

I grow dahlias and do many flower arrangements with purple and orange blooms and people rave about them. You are working with secondary color triads so no wonder they look great together! Also, have you ever noticed chartreuse new growth on the purple sweet potatoe vine? Nature is amazing, perfect and instructional!

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 7:32PM
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dpolson37(7a VA)

Thought I'd jump in and show off a corner of the yard. It's been a cooler spring than last year and things are slow going so far. I'm trying a new fertilizer this year to see if it makes a difference. It's called Milogranite and I hear it does wonders. Stay tuned. Here is a photo of some plumeria, a Musa Basjoo and soon to be huge elephant ears in the lower right. They are really slow to appear this year.

    Bookmark   June 3, 2008 at 10:02PM
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josh_palm_crazy

Everything looks very beautiful guys/girls.

Central Cali - I envy your climate. Great plants/trees and beautiful flowers.

Johnnie - Thank you. Funny you should mention extending the flowerbed. The area right in front of the smaller bush was added this spring. I had to make room for the brazoria and other plants there. I need more flowers but I cant really have any because in my location the wind gets pretty bad. The flowers in the pic are just to add some color. I do like the new guinea impatiens the canna lily and the African daisy but the geranium is just there to add some red. I think its more of a granny plant. LOL! No not really.

Jay

    Bookmark   June 4, 2008 at 10:10PM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

Here are a couple more photos from my yard.

What i like about this arrangement is that it is drought tolerant.

And here is an aloe striata in a bed with other showy succulents and some pineapples. Many of the succulents are still too young to be noticeable.

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 12:52AM
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JohnnieB(Washington, DC 7a/b)

Great photos--keep them coming! I love seeing other peoples' gardens. I dug out a couple more from my album, from September 2006:

My yard is on a fairly steep hillside going up to our garage in the back; here's a closer look at the upper garden, showing what it can look like when you let the "tropical look" get away from you...

Same garden, same day, but not looking quite so tropical from this angle:

    Bookmark   June 5, 2008 at 12:39PM
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royy(Z7)

Ekoboat, What type of banana is that to the right of the pergola? I want to get my bananas that big. What is your secret? I also love those huge cannas. Would you mind passing the name of that variety on to me too.

I found the cold hardy bananas last summer and love them. I now want to move all my landscaping by the pool out and change it over to a more tropical look. I love what you did with yours.

Thanks,
Roy

    Bookmark   June 11, 2008 at 11:27PM
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arctictropical(Z4)

You may have seen these from last Fall, but if not, here are some pictures from zone 4:

    Bookmark   June 16, 2008 at 2:30PM
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thistle5(z7 VA)

Wow, zone 4-that is amazing! Do you think the long summer daylight period helps, w/ plant growth? How much of your garden do you dig up & overwinter? Your garden is gorgeous & must give you a great deal of pleasure...

    Bookmark   June 21, 2008 at 10:39AM
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arctictropical(Z4)

Thanks thistle5! We have lots of summer sunlight. It gets warm during the daytime (85-90 F.) but cools off at night (45-60 F.) here in the mountain valleys. Humidity is quite low, so I'm surprised how well the tropical plants do. The Trachy palm seems to thrive on hot days and cool nights, because it's growing like a weed. I've only had it in the ground as a 2 gallon-size plant for about 5-7 years (I can't remember) and it is 9 feet high already, and bloomed for the first time this year. Unfortunately, I must dig all of the cannas and elephant ears every Fall, but they reproduce to the point that I sell about 800 rhizomes each year to a local nursery.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2008 at 12:42PM
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Central_Cali369(Sunset Z9, Fresno, CA)

Here are a couple more photos from this week.

White Brugmansia


Queen Palms


More Brugmansias (Frosty Pink)






Bougainvillea


Tibouchina Urvilleana


White Bird of Paradise


Kentia Palm


Canna


Meyer Lemon Blooms


Overhead view of a tropical corner

Passiflora Cerulea


Canna Wyoming


Dahlia


Madagascar Jasmine


Brugmansia



Asclepias


Mixed Cannas


Salmon Cannas


Mirabilis Jalapa


Red Oleander (Relative of the Plumeria)


Bougainvillea Buttiana


A couple of daylilies






Blue Potato Bush


Shrimp plant

    Bookmark   June 27, 2008 at 6:58PM
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