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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.


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RE: moving out of tropics

takil is great. heres some pics of some young ones. They grow very tall and thin without stoutness. http://home.vol.com/~dcox/id2.html


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Book

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

sea ya
tami


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