The Q&A Archives: ferns tropical looking plants penna.

Question: what kind of plants can i plant in my region that will give a tropical flavor to my back yars but in the same survive the cooler nights in spring and fall times of the year so i can keep landscaped roughly 8 to 9 months of the year..John

Answer: To me, tropical looking plants are those with large leaves. Many tropical plants will grow just fine in PA during the summer, so some gardeners plant them in containers and move them indoors each winter (or simply plant them and replace them each year). This would include such favorites as abutilon, hibiscus, lantana and bougainvillea. There are many bulbs and rhizomes in addition to the cannas: calla, caladium, agapanthus, elephant ears, tall dahlias, and the fragrant tuberose are all wonderful plants. Additional effects can be created with annuals such castor bean, moonflower and other exotic vines, brightly leafed-plants such as hypoestes, coleus, the new "African Queen" and "Seashells" impatiens. Some of the large hostas and ferns look quite tropical and should do well in your area along with some of the hardy ornamental grasses. Enjoy your tropical oasis!

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