Archive for This Semi-Tropical Life

The Warming, Tropical Fragrances Of Winter Blossoms

Not many of us have room for large collections of fragrant flowering plants to grace the dreary winter months.  Perhaps a workable alternative is the strategic placement of single plants, or small groups of plants to provide pleasing fragrance without them being cloying and overpowering. Here are just a few suggestions, focusing on white flowers […]

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Living In A Subtropical Paradise

There are so many rewarding, as well as challenging, plants from the tropics and subtropics to delight all the senses.  Plants, shrubs and trees bearing fragrant flowers, exotic foliage, and rare fruits, many that defy description, are to be found in the relative comfort of nearby botanical gardens.  With a little work, you can grow […]

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Palms for Beginners

Planting palms is a great way to give yourself that “on vacation” feeling every time you step out into your garden. You may not be able to grow Coconut Palms or line your driveway with Royal Palms, but your garden can still have tropical flair year round with the right palm trees ensconced in the […]

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Topical Tropicals 101

We’ve all fallen in love with a beautiful or wonderfully fragrant flowering plant, say a Plumeria, which, of course, we left out on the deck a little too long into late fall or early winter.  Shortly thereafter, our treasured Plumeria resembles week old road-kill.  Plumeria is native to Central America, the Caribbean, and parts of South […]

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Euphorbia Euphoria!

What exactly IS a Euphorbia?  Chances are, even if you don’t think you know any Euphorbias, you do know at least one – the poinsettia.  Euphorbias belong to one of the largest plant families on the planet, and are found in tropical, subtropical, and temperate zones.  Euphorbias exist in the forms of shrubs, trees, herbaceous […]

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