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tropicalesque garden with citrus and roses?

Posted by willowglener CAzone9 (My Page) on
Thu, May 4, 06 at 13:40


I am planning a zen looking front yard (of my craftsman home) and a tropical garden in the back. The house that we bought comes with an eclectic mix of plants including a giant bird of paradise (which we had to divide and move), two mature peach trees, a 30' tall orange, a lemon tree, two huge oleanders, roses, etc. DH and I have a collection of citrus that we moved from the old home that we had (meyer lemon, kumquat, mandarin). We added a few bananas, varigated ginger, canna, fatsia japonica, elephant ear, and a plumeria in pot. We plan on getting japanese maple and bamboo. We want to go tropical but we're unwilling to give up the fruit trees or roses. How should I incorporate all these and have a lush tropical garden?

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RE: tropicalesque garden with citrus and roses?

Sure, why not. I have several antique climbers and knockout roses in my tropical garden. Most of the plants you describe go great together here in Louisiana. Bamboo will limit some of your light. You may want to consider an oriental garden as well. I have Tea roses around my pond which is an oriental style planting with bananas, cannas, and irises. Your water bill in California will be pretty high with those sorts of plantings. Mine is kind of high in the dry season.

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