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Feelin' Zombified
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From: The Exotic Shores of Lake St. Clair
Posted: 2017-02-19 12:51 pm   Permalink

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mike and marie
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Posted: 2017-02-21 6:15 pm   Permalink

Love this thread, especially all the photos...

Our favorite plants for northern tropic gardening: yucca, elephant ears, potted taro, bamboo, horsetail, coral bells, hens and chicks, decorative grasses, cana bulbs, irises. And plenty of plastic palms!


 
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hiltiki
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Joined: Jun 10, 2004
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From: Reseda, calif.
Posted: 2017-04-01 10:37 am   Permalink

My front-yard jungle, well not really a jungle but a lot of flowers have popped up since we had such a nice rainy season.











In the back yard my mint is doing real well



Lots of flowers on my grapefruit tree this year, I still have one grapefruit left on the tree









 
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Will carve
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From: Ft. Lauderdale Fl.
Posted: 2017-04-02 03:33 am   Permalink

Hilda,
Your yard is a-bloom.
Nice.


 
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VampiressRN
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Joined: Nov 23, 2006
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From: Sun City Lincoln Hills (NorCal)
Posted: 2017-04-09 8:49 pm   Permalink

Gorgeous yards and love all the pools. The only tropical thing I have in my yard is Sago Palms, they love their space. My backyard belongs to the dogs so no way of having anything there. They continue to tear up the sprinkler system so it is a lost cause.

Keep on growing all you happy gardeners, it is fun to live through your pictures.
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Prikli Pear
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Joined: Jan 04, 2017
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-04-10 11:47 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2017-04-09 20:49, VampiressRN wrote:
The only tropical thing I have in my yard is Sago Palms, they love their space. My backyard belongs to the dogs so no way of having anything there.



Vampiress, I hate to be the bringer of bad news, but Sago Palms are highly toxic, particularly to dogs. If you have a male plant, that's not as serious a concern (unless the dogs like chewing on the fronds, which I wouldn't expect), but the female plants produce lots and lots of walnut-sized seeds that dogs (sometimes) love to chew on. The previous owners of our house planted quite a few, which is fine, but one was in the backyard with our dogs. I just dug it up last week and have put it on CL.


 
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nui 'umi 'umi
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From: La Mirada Atoll
Posted: 2017-04-29 11:08 pm   Permalink

One of my hibiscus went crazy this year as well as my Monstera Deliciosa (rht,) and a Platycerium Veitchii- one of 18 varieties of Staghorn ferns.







 
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Prikli Pear
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From: New Braunfels, Texas
Posted: 2017-06-15 2:04 pm   Permalink

In my never-ending quest to find tropical-looking plants that are suitable for my Central Texas climate (ie tolerant of 100F-plus summer temperatures, 20F winter lows and perpetual drought interrupted by occasional flooding) I came across this PDF book by the good folks in Texas A&M's horticultural department. Granted, it paints in very broad strokes, and I have specific problems with their passiflora section, but it's a good reference for folks throughout the south striving for a more tropical look to their yards.

Alas, for my use it is limited. It seems focused more on East Texas, which is a lot wetter than my area.

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/galveston/publications/Creating-the-Tropical-Look.pdf

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