There are an amazing amount of tropical plants that you can grow in your garden, even in our northern climate. It's striking how much color and texture you can get without hardly any flowers. The thing that holds all of these plants together is that they are grown from bulbs. These are plants you plant in the spring or early summer, when it gets nice and warm and let them grow up. By August, they look beautiful. And in the fall, you can dig them up and store them to do it again next year. They won't survive if you leave them in the ground over the winter.
We have some beautiful plants such as the Colocasia, also called Elephant Ears, and you can see why! They have huge leaves. They come in a vibrant green color, as well as this burgundy mist color, too. It's a beautiful plant that just stands on its own. It's a really nice statement plant.
The next one is an ornamental ginger. We think of ginger that we eat, but there's an ornamental version of these plants, too. It has beautiful striations on the leaves, so it adds a nice golden color to a real green landscape.
Now if you are looking for something that is going to be a little more floriferous, and you've got a little more sun try gladiolus. By the gladiolus, we often think of the standard gladiolus. This is an interesting one called the Gladiolus Peacock Lily. It has a beautiful white flower that has a little purple throat to it. And then there's Crocosmia. It has beautiful orange-red flowers that come off in these scapes and these will flower right from mid summer right until frost.
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