The Tropical Look - Zone 8 Gardening

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Landscape design considerations, as well as plant selections, to impart a tropical ambiance in the zone 8 garden.

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The Tropical Look - Zone 8 Gardening

  1. 1. The Tropical Look Eric Stormer Virginia Cooperative Extension Norfolk, Virginia
  2. 2. Design Considerations The Tropical Look
  3. 3. Creating Space – Frameworks
  4. 4. Frameworks
  5. 5. Creating Space - Patterns
  6. 6. Hardscapes - Patterns
  7. 7. Water Features
  8. 8. Bilateral Symmetry
  9. 9. Asymmetric Balance
  10. 10. Form & Texture
  11. 11. Transitions
  12. 12. Transitions
  13. 13. Viewpoints
  14. 14. Viewpoints - The Approach
  15. 15. Viewpoints – From the House
  16. 16. Viewpoints – Containers
  17. 17. Textures
  18. 18. Creating Space - Allées
  19. 19. Creating Space - Forms
  20. 20. Creating Space - Forms
  21. 21. Topography
  22. 22. Plant Selections The Tropical Look
  23. 23. The Tropical Look FLOWERING HERBACEOUS PLANTS
  24. 24. Canna Lily Canna x generalis
  25. 25. Hardy Hibiscus Hibiscus moscheutos
  26. 26. Hibiscus coccinea
  27. 27. Lily of the Nile Agapanthus africanus
  28. 28. Crinum Lily Crinum x digweedii, ‘Stars and Stripes’ Crinum, ‘Ellen Bosanquet’
  29. 29. Crinum Lily Crinum, ‘Ollene’ Crinum, ‘Sangria’
  30. 30. X Crinodonna corsii ‘Fred Howard’
  31. 31. Peruvian Daffodil Ismene festalis
  32. 32. Rain Lily Zephyranthes
  33. 33. Eucomis, ‘Sparkling Burgundy’
  34. 34. Japanese Iris Iris japonica
  35. 35. Garden Dahlia Dahlia x hybrida
  36. 36. Hardy Begonia Begonia grandis
  37. 37. Hardy Orchid Bletilla B. ochracea, ‘Chinese Butterfly’ B. striata
  38. 38. Curcuma zeodaria
  39. 39. Crepe Ginger, Spiral Ginger Cheilocostus speciosus
  40. 40. Ginger Lily Hedychium H. ‘Dr. Moy’ H. ‘Daniel Weeks’ H. coronarium
  41. 41. Red Spiral Ginger Costus comosus
  42. 42. Variegated Japanese Ginger Zingiber mioga cvs. Z. mioga, ‘Dancing Crane’ Z. mioga, ‘White Feather’
  43. 43. The Tropical Look FOLIAGE PLANTS
  44. 44. King Sago Cycas revoluta
  45. 45. Cycas revoluta
  46. 46. Ceratozamia latifolia
  47. 47. Taro Alocasia macrorrhizos
  48. 48. Colocasia C. ‘Black Coral’ C. ‘Blue Hawaii’
  49. 49. Angel Wings Caladium x hortulanum
  50. 50. Honey Bush Melianthus major M. ‘Purple Haze’
  51. 51. Century Plants Agave spp. A. ‘Silver Surfer’ A. flexispina A. neomexicana A. ovatifolia A. americana
  52. 52. Prickly Pear Opuntia gosseliniana
  53. 53. Opuntia, ‘Mesa Melon’
  54. 54. Opuntia erinacea var. ursina Opuntia cacanapa 'Ellisiana'
  55. 55. Yucca gloriosa
  56. 56. Castor Bean Ricinus communis
  57. 57. Rice-paper Plant Tetrapanax papyrifera
  58. 58. Umbrella Plant Schefflera delavayi
  59. 59. Japanese Pittosporum Pittosporum tobira
  60. 60. Musa basjoo
  61. 61. Musa sikkimensis
  62. 62. Musa sikkimensis, ‘Red Tiger’
  63. 63. Musa textilis
  64. 64. Musa velutina
  65. 65. Japanese Aralia Fatsia japonica
  66. 66. New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax
  67. 67. Hardy Tapioca Manihot grahamii
  68. 68. Aucuba japonica, ‘Mangetsu’
  69. 69. Umbrella Plant Cyperus alternifolius
  70. 70. Spiny Rhubarb Gunnera manicata
  71. 71. Spiny Rhubarb Gunnera manicata
  72. 72. The Tropical Look GRASSES
  73. 73. Japanese Forest Grass Hakanachloa macra ‘Aureola’
  74. 74. Bamboo Phyllostachys P. aureosulcata spectabilis P. nigra P. nigra, ‘Henon’ P. aureosculcata
  75. 75. The Tropical Look TREES
  76. 76. Large Leaf Magnolia Magnolia macrophylla
  77. 77. Japanese Yew Podocarpus macrophyllus
  78. 78. Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandiflora
  79. 79. Japanese Blue Oak Quercus glauca
  80. 80. Trifoliate Orange Poncirus trifoliata
  81. 81. Mimosa Albizia julibrissin Mimosa, ‘Summer Chocolate’
  82. 82. Catalpa Catalpa speciosa
  83. 83. China Fir Cunninghamia lanceolata ‘glauca’
  84. 84. Cunninghamia, ‘Chason’s Gift’
  85. 85. Empress Tree Paulownia tomentosa
  86. 86. Dogwood Cornus elliptica
  87. 87. Sweet Viburnum Viburnum odoritissimum, ‘Awabuki’
  88. 88. The Tropical Look PALMS
  89. 89. Windmill Palm Trachycarpus fortunei
  90. 90. Trachycarpus wagnerianus T. takil
  91. 91. Trachycarpus takil
  92. 92. Needle Palm Rhapidophyllum hystrix Washington, DC
  93. 93. Pindo Palm Butia capitata
  94. 94. California Desert Palm Washingtonia filifera
  95. 95. Sabal spp. Sabal minor Sabal palmetto
  96. 96. Mexican Fan Palm Washingtonia robusta
  97. 97. European Fan Palm Chamaerops humilis
  98. 98. The Tropical Look VINES
  99. 99. Confederate Jasmine Trachelospermum jasminoides
  100. 100. Evergreen Wisteria Millettia reticulata
  101. 101. Trumpet Vine Campsis radicans
  102. 102. Flame Lily Gloriosa superba
  103. 103. Crossvine, Bignonia capreolata, ‘Tangerine Beauty’
  104. 104. The Tropical Look FLOWERING SHRUBS
  105. 105. Lantana Lantana camara
  106. 106. Flowering Maple Abutilon A. ‘Bartley Schwarz’ A. ‘Canary Bird’
  107. 107. Abutilon ‘Pink Charm’ Abutilon, ‘Orange Hot Lava’
  108. 108. Princess Flower Tibouchina urvilleana
  109. 109. Cestrum Cestrum auranticum Cestrum ‘Orange Peel’
  110. 110. Smoke Bush Cotinus coggyria
  111. 111. Pineapple Guava Acca sellowiana
  112. 112. Chaste Tree Vitex angus-castus
  113. 113. Nerium oleander
  114. 114. Anise Illicium spp. and cvs.
  115. 115. Cape Leadwort Plumbago auriculata
  116. 116. Angel’s Trumpet Brugmansia hybrid
  117. 117. Devil’s Trumpet Datura metel
  118. 118. Crepe Myrtle Lagerstroemia hybrid
  119. 119. Chaste Tree Vitex angus - castus
  120. 120. Chaste Tree Vitex angus - castus
  121. 121. The Tropical Look GROUND COVERS
  122. 122. Ground Covers Cast Iron Plant Aspidistra elatior cvs. Mondo Grass Ophiopogon planiscapus ‘Nigrescens’ Lilyturf Liriope muscari ‘Majestic’ Golden Variegated Sweet Flag Acorus gramineus, ‘Ogon’
  123. 123. Ferns Autumn Fern Dryopteris, ‘Brilliance’ Hart’s Tongue Fern Asplenium scolopendrium Japanese Painted Fern Athyrium niponicum var. pictum Christmas Fern Polystichum acrostichoides
  124. 124. The End Questions? eric.stormer@vt.edu

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