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tropicals for north texas

Posted by texas_rooster zone 8 (My Page) on
Fri, Jun 2, 06 at 21:32

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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RE: tropicals for north texas

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.


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


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


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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!!


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


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


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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


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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


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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.


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


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