Miss Baggett calls Brugmansia 'Queen of Flowering Tropicals.'
In the book, she took 100 Plants that she thinks are the best tropicals for a sizzling garden.
'Ellen Bosanquet ' Crinum made the cut, as did the Canna below.
Bengal Tiger Canna. Blooms are orange.
Photos in this post are my own.
In the book, she makes suggestions for plant combos for each entry.
Lemon Grass with Madagascar Periwinkle
When Pam had Singing Springs nursery, she made even more suggestions in her catalogs for grand combinations not included in the book. It was from Pam I learned about Lemon Grass in combos.
Pentas: she advocates the tall varieties like this pink one.
This is one of my favorite little books to read just before I go to sleep, to dream of Tropical Plant Delights not yet in my garden.
I have to admit, there are no banana trees in my garden. Some are hardy here, but like Palm trees, they look slightly out of place to me. Maybe if I had a swimming pool....
Plants from the Tropicalismo! book I'm considering, this year or next:
- Cupheas, the kinds with orange flowers.
- Tibouchina, again. I killed the last one.
- Ricinus, I have seeds from the last I planted.
I ordered off and paid for this book when it first came out in 2008. I have not been asked to review it. My very favorite book on Tropical Plants, is The Exotic Garden by Iversen. I bought that one even longer ago. These two books, my own photos and a notebook full of clippings are my go-to resources for the summer garden.
I joined the fun gardeners at Holley Garden's Roses and Other Gardening Joys who are reviewing books.