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moving out of tropics

Posted by madabouteu 9A Louisiana (My Page) on
Fri, Mar 31, 06 at 13:07

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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RE: moving out of tropics

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.

RE: moving out of tropics

takil is great. heres some pics of some young ones. They grow very tall and thin without stoutness.


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

sea ya

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