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Compact Mexican Firebush

Compact Mexican Firebush is a dwarf version of an American tropical from the coffee family that produces masses of tubular-shaped red-orange flowers from summer to fall. Burgundy tinged leaves grow on the red stems most of the year. The flowers attract butterflies on this heat loving plant! Can be added to the annual garden, planted in mixed containers or as a filler in the landscape.

Variegated Ginger

Variegated Ginger, also known as "Shell Ginger" brings a pop of tropical interest to any shade garden. Displaying green and yellow striped leaves and a wide-spreading habit, these are moderately salt-tolerant plants that do best in filtered sun to part shade. Performs best in Zones 8-10 with watering as needed to keep the soil moist. Has a mature growth habit of 4-6’ tall and 6-8’ wide. Works well beside pools and water features. Also makes a great container plant where growth can be more contained.

Delosperma

Also commonly called Ice Plant, this African native is proven to be heat and drought tolerant while providing low-growing groundcover with succulent needle-like foliage and bright pinkish-purple flowers. The foliage is covered with transparent flakes that somewhat resemble tiny pieces of ice, hence the common name. Can handle full sun and flourishes best in Zones 5-9. Delosperma are highly attractive to bees and provide an exceptional nectar sources for pollinators while bringing spots of brilliant color to open areas where other plants may not thrive.

Canna 'Australia'

This Canna is a large grower with dark maroon, almost black foliage that blooms in mid to late summer with stunning crimson red flowers. Australian Canna Lilies love hot weather and thrive when planted in full sun to partial shade. They can also be grown in large containers. Canna lilies are great pond-side plants that can tolerate moist ground as well. Growing fast, the lush foliage quickly forms a large-leaved tropical screen that can reach a mature size of 5’ tall by 2-3' wide. Performs best in Zones 7-10, but in colder zones, the rhizomes can be lifted and stored over winter to re-plant when danger of last ground freeze has passed.

Perennial Hibiscus

Perennial Hibiscus plants can add a touch of the tropics to your flowering beds or butterfly gardens. With darker leaf foliage and buds that open to huge blooms all along the stems instead of just at the top, these beauties are sure to brighten your late Spring to early Fall gardens while attracting pollinators. Remove spent blooms to encourage new buds to open. These varieties love the sunny and more moist conditions, but can thrive in drier soils as well as long as they receive regular weekly watering.