This article was first published on the blog, Gardening Gone Wild, June 9, 2009.
As I have addressed in previous posts, much of the attention my corporate design work receives can be attributed to my use of tropicals in the mixed border. It is unexpected to see lush tropical foliage flourishing in the Midwest. This season I have installed a truly subtropical garden complete with several species of palm, banana, croton, ginger, canna, fern and the like.
In seasons past I have had great success growing elephant ear (Colocasia spp.). Not surprisingly, they are an important part of this year’s displays. Named for the leaves, which are shaped like a large ear or shield, June’s GGW Plant Pick of The Month instantly adds an exotic touch to any container or garden. [read more]