Anybody know of some good Tropical or Tropical-like plants that will grow well in California?
I am landscaping my Mother-in-laws yard and she wants a tropical design. I am not having much luck finding variations that will stay alive through the winter. She is not interested in pulling them up and bringing them inside for the winter. I am settling for some more marshy and deserty looking plants to help supliment. But it's still not Tropically enought. Can't plant trees either, so don't suggest that. Thanks!
I live in the central valley...Stanislaus County.
- palm trees
- Where are you in California? That will help narrow down some ideas/suggestions I have but here are some I can think of off the top of my head:
Musa and Musella (hardy banana and ornamental banana-loves the leaves)
Hibiscus (many different forms available)
New Guinea Impatiens
Passiflora (passion vine)
Mandevilla 'Alice du Pont'
Alstroemeria (Peruvian lily)
Ipomoea (Sweet potato vine)-many foliage colors available
Coleus - many foliage colors available and now varieties are sun tolerant!
Manettia (Firecracker vine)
Asarina barclaiana (vining snapdragon)
Cobaea scandens (cup and saucer vine)
Abutilon (Flowering maple)
Tibouchina (Glory bush)
Cestrum - a few species available
Justicia - many forms available
Iochroma - really cool flowers, kind of hard to find though
Lantana - many forms available
Heliotropium (Heliotrope) - so fragrant!
Phormium (New Zealand Flax) - to add texture
Yucca (Adam's Needle)
Cordyline (Torbay, Cabbage or Cornish Palm)
Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet)
Datura (Devil's Trumpet)
Buddleia (butterfly bush)
Mirabilis (four o'clocks)
These are just a few I can think of. I'm just north of San Francisco and can grow all of these. There are a few that need frost protection but can go through the winter here.
Best of luck to you!
EDIT: Looks like you are in Zone 8 and I'm in Zone 8 too. I think all of these will do well for you. Your summer may be slightly warmer than mine but these will do okay if you have them in the right spot (sun plants in sun and shade plants in shade, etc). Happy Gardening.
- Here is a list of all the tropicals that are hardy
A hardy form of Hibiscus would be nice, and they come in tons of tropical looking colors!