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Tropicals Add Wow Factor to Your Garden

Create juxtaposition in the flower border with tropicals and houseplants. Their strong architectural forms and vibrant colors create an appealing visual tension that is most unexpected.

This article was first published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 10, 2010.

Lush tropical foliage in our Midwestern landscape is not the convention. Many of us are willing to invest in packs of annuals to bulk up our perennial borders and ensure consistent color. We don't mind allocating the rest of our seasonal plant budget for dramatic container displays.

However, if you are a more adventurous gardener, who is willing to be the talk of the neighborhood, consider getting the house plants out of the house and into the garden. House plants and tropicals are somewhat interchangeable terms, in that they refer to plants that are not winter hardy in our USDA Zone 6 and need to come inside before frost but can go outside each summer.  [read more]

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