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Jun 25, 2020 1:16 PM CST

Hi,

I am running out of ideas and have searched the web but cannot seem to find what I need. Basically, I have a raised bed built as part of the house in the front, about 5 feet high with about a 6 ft clearance to the roof, pic attached. It has a very obvious center so I'd like a tropical plant that can be featured there. I am putting 3 crimson red dipladenias on either side, pic attached of an example plant... I was thinking of a bird of paradise for the center but they get huge so it wouldnt work. I'm not sure what else. Any suggestions?

I am zone 10b.

Ps. I sort of want to stay away from blue and purple for this area.

Thank you for any input! Smiling
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Jun 26, 2020 4:02 PM CST
Name: Amanda
KC metro area, Missouri (Zone 6a)
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Cannas would work. Lots of colors including leaf colors.
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Jun 26, 2020 4:12 PM CST
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@plantladylin, any ideas? I'm all ears!
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Jun 26, 2020 5:42 PM CST
Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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Hi bluegemz29, Welcome!

Your Red Mandevilla (Synonym Dipladenia) is really beautiful! Mandevilla are considered vines, they usually begin with a shrub like habit but will eventually attain sprawling stems and vining growth.

You say you are Zone 10 but is that Zone 10 Florida, Texas, California?

Are you looking for any particular color scheme? White flowers would look good with your red Mandevilla but yellow and red really compliment each other! How much sun does the planting area receive? I'm in Zone 10 Florida and depending on how much sun that growing area receives, you might consider Yellow Hibiscus. Many Hibiscus attain heights to 12 feet but a few only get to about 8 feet in height and Hibiscus can always be pruned to size. Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Fort Myers Yellow') would accent the Mandevilla with it's yellow and red blooms:




Bush Allamanda (Allamanda schottii) has yellow blooms but you'd definitely have to keep it pruned to size because it gets large:



Flame of the Woods (Ixora coccinea 'Maui Yellow') only grows to about 6 feet tall but it gets wide so you'd likely have to keep it pruned:



Esperanza (Tecoma stans) has beautiful yellow blooms too but it gets quite tall and wide so you'd definitely have to keep it pruned to a desirable size:



If you want color but aren't really concerned about flowers, how about Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) They come in a wide range of colors and leaf shapes:





For White blooms, you could choose something like Gardenia (Gardenia jasminoides 'August Beauty')



I'm sure others will be along with suggestions soon and I know that once you get that area planted, it will be beautiful! I hope you will share a photo or two when it's finished!


Thanks @Hamwild for alerting me to this question. Smiling
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Jun 26, 2020 7:43 PM CST
Name: Gina
Florida (Zone 9a)
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You are in 10 B????? Jesus Mary and Joseph what can you NOT plant?????
I would recommend heliconia, landscape bromeliads, Palms like a Bottle Palm or a Silver Bismarkia, Ravenella madagascariensis, somelandscape boulders, orchids........
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Jul 4, 2020 11:16 AM CST
Name: John
Pomona/Riverside CA (Zone 9a)
I agree
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