Going Tropical

Although it's officially been spring for several weeks, it seems that Mother Nature didn't decide to grace us with true spring until now. Yes, we've finally turned the corner into beautiful spring weather, perfect for gardening. And as a result, we have literally received 30 truckloads of fresh plants this week! It really looks like Spring is here to stay and we are full to the brim with bright tropicals and annuals for summer color, beautiful perennials, shrubs, and trees. Edibles, also, are here and ready for your garden.



Of all the wonderful plants we've received this week, nothing screams warm weather quite as much as the tropicals. Their exotic look, lush foliage, and exuberant blooms are a sure harbinger that the sunshine is here to stay. There are a multitude of types of tropical plants that blend nicely with other plants and trees and will add charm to almost any garden. These "companion plants" add different colors, textures, leaf patterns and appearances to the garden. If you're looking to add vivid color and diversity, then tropicals are for you.


Of course, some of the best known tropical plants are the hibiscus. Hibiscus flowers might be the most dramatic in the garden and can bloom as large as a child's head in gorgeous colors. The hibiscus plant itself is large and dramatic, and does well with plenty of space to show off. Although the huge funnel-shape flowers seldom last more than a day, they are abundant and the plant blooms over several weeks.


We have many Hibiscus to choose from in standard and braided-stem form, including this new multi-color braided Hibiscus tree that boasts two colors of flowers on one plant.

Another well-known popular tropical plant is the Mandevilla. This popular twining vine is laden with blooms from late spring to frost. If you are excited about the idea of multiple colors, then you'll love the red and white mixed vine we've received this season.


Tropical plants are known for either their exuberant color or unique foliage, and we have an amazing variety to choose from. Here are a few more of our most recent arrivals.




Remember, tropicals are available only during certain times of the year. So now is your chance!

Stop by the garden center to see more!

Summer Tropicals

Hi everyone!  Hope you all are enjoying your weekends and this fabulous weather we are having.  What a beautiful day it is!  Perfect for a little gardening.  And since I know you are all in the mood to plant, I am super excited to share with you some of our new arrivals down at the garden center. A touch of the tropics hit Garden Supply this week with a big shipment of beautiful perennials and tropicals from Monrovia.  For 84 years, Monrovia has pioneered many new technologies and plant introductions including hundreds of patented plants, making them a leader in developing fabulous plants that will thrive in your garden.

Now keep in mind that since central North Carolina is in Zone 7, our winters are a bit too cool for these tropics-loving plants, but don't let that deter you.  These gorgeous plants will thrive in our hot summer, providing you with lots of drought-tolerant showy blossoms all season long.  Treat them as you would any summer annual.  They do great in your container gardens, many can be grown in topiary form or trained to a trellis, and most offer interesting foliar texture as well as stunning flowers.

These topiary-form tree hibiscus do wonderfully in a pot on your deck or porch.  Just make sure they get lots of sun.

These are the 'Orange King" and "Purple Queen" Bougainvillea.  The 'Orange King' has a strong vining habit providing quick cover and beautiful, showy masses of bronze-orange flowers.  They do great in patio containers and hanging baskets.

The 'Purple Queen' has rich, deep purple blooms which are displayed against handsome green foliage.  It has a compact, upright and spreading form.  Wonderful for planter boxes, fences or arbors.

We also have the Barbara Karst Bougainvillea in both topiary tree form and spreading form.

The spreading form offers a vigorous, showy vine with bright magenta-red blooms.  Gives a fine cover to patios or arbors, and is also a good ground cover for banks.

This next beauty is the 'Sun Parasol' Crimson Mandevilla. It is excellent for patio containers, offering a bushy vine with large trumpet-shaped flowers.

If you are looking for a touch of textural interest, check out this fun and whimsical 'Pony Tail Fern', Asparagus densiflorus 'myers'.

This plants boasts long plume-like stems that hold soft, needle-like leaves.  Its fluffy appearance adds unusual textural contrast to container gardens.

And finally today, I would like to share with you another plant with fabulous foliar structure, the Black Jack Fig.

This attractive garden tree has sweet, elongated fruit in summer.  Its semi-dwarf form makes it a good choice where space is limited.

I hope you all have enjoyed this small taste of the tropics here in the heart of North Carolina.  Puts me in the mind of cool sea breezes, palm trees, and sandy beaches.  Time to bust out the Hawaiian print shirts and head on down to the garden center, as these plants won't be around for long. I couldn't help but notice they were getting snatched up yesterday about as quickly as they could be unloaded. 

Thanks so much for stopping by!  We have many more new plants to share with you all, so I'll see you back here soon for more snippets from the garden.