Most people think of mid-summer as the “down time” in the landscape. Many of our warm-season bedding plants from earlier in the spring and summer have a tendency to not be performing as well by the time we get to late summer. And heat does take its toll on many landscape plants. There are wonderful tropical plants that can be grown very successfully.Bananas and cannas frequently come to mind, but you can find much more to try.

Pride of Barbados is a great small-growing tropical tree. Whenever garden centers have them in stock, they sell very quickly. The scientific name of this plant is Caesalpinia. Read the rest of this entry

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