They are HIGH on the want list! But very few exist on the "have" list because I live in the mid-Atlantic region of the US, where it's not warm enough to have most tropical plants.... unless you have tons of space in your house in which to over-winter them.
...However there are many ways to fake a tropical environment with hardy plants! I got so excited about it a while back that I wrote a whole Squidoo lens on the subject and if you're curious about gardening with tropical-looking hardy plants you can see it here:
And now here are some of the beauties I would have if I lived in a place where I could plant them all outdoors into a beautiful landscape! :)
|Photographed in Costa Rica by Lea Maimone|
LOBSTER CLAW HELICONIA!
|Photo by KENPEI|
|Painting by Moi|
and is totally framed up and for sale
And my most favorite tree.....
the TRAVELLER PALM!
|Photo by Louise Wolff|
I do have other trees that I love... such as lime trees (I have a little baby dwarf key lime tree that spends the winter indoors) and my husband got me a Fig tree for Christmas which will be arriving some time in March! Other than the Traveller Palm, those are probably my two favorite trees because I love to eat what comes off of them... nom nom nom.
BIRD OF PARADISE!! ("Strelitzia reginae")
|Photo by Moi |
and might be a painting one day
slightly different composition and background of course
(I have a few of these indoors, sure wish they could just grow wild all over my garden!)
|Photo also taken by Me in Hawaii somewhere|
Hope you enjoyed gazing at some happy colorful tropical plants, some of which maybe you've never heard of... so perhaps you even learned something! :)
We've got 3 months of cold weather ahead of us, so you can expect a lot more posts like this one regarding things of a tropical nature as my mind escapes to warmer and more colorful climates.