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Tropical Style in Sacramento

We’ve got several plants that fit the bill for a tropical oasis in your yard so you can have the tropical style in Sacramento. We just need to be creative about where to plant them. 

The challenge that most tropical plants face in Sacramento is frost, therefore, they generally can’t handle cold winters. Work around this by planting frost-sensitive plants* on your patio or porch, where you can appreciate their beauty in the summer and easily provide protection from frost in the winter months.

The outer-reaches of your landscape can be filled with plants that have a beautiful island feel, but hold up well in cold weather.  And, there are an abundance of tropical-looking plants which will thrive in our Mediterranean climate.**

Palm tree

Trees

  • Avocado*
  • Citrus*
  • Crape Myrtle (Lagerstroemia)
  • Fan Palm (Chamaerops humilis)
  • Fig (Ficus)
  • Michelia
  • Palo Verde (Cercidium ‘Desert Museum’)
  • Queen Palm (Syagrus romanzoffiana)
  • Windmill Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei)
Pink hibiscus flower

Shrubs

  • Canna Lily ‘Tropicanna’ series 
  • Cordyline
  • Dinnerplate Hibiscus (Hibiscus moscheutos)
  • Elephant’s Ear (Colocasia) 
  • Abyssinian Banana (Ensente ventricosum)
  • Angel’s Trumpet (Brugsmansia)*
  • Bird of Paradise (Strelitzia)*
  • English Laurel (Prunus laurocerasus)
  • Flowering Maple (Abutilon)
  • Gardenia 
  • Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica)
  • Japanese Fiber Banana (Musa basjoo)
  • Lemon Bottlebrush (Callistemon citrinus)
  • Leucadendron*
  • Mirror Plant (Coprosma)
  • Oleander (Nerium oleander)
  • Pineapple Guava (Feijoa sellowiana)
  • Philodendron
  • Princess Flower (Tibouchina urvilleana)
  • Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis)*
Passion Flower ‘Lavender Lady’

Vines

  • Bougainvillea**
  • Bower Vine (Pandorea jasminoides)*
  • Hall’s Honeysuckle (Lonicera japonica ‘Halliana’)
  • Kiwi (Actinidia)
  • Mandevillea
  • Passion Flower (Passiflora)
  • Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans)

Tropical flowers

Annuals & Perennials

  • Alstroemeria
  • Caladium
  • Calla Lily (Zantedeschia)
  • Celosia
  • Coleus
  • Dahlias
  • Daylily (Hemerocallis)
  • Ferns
  • Ginger Lily (Alpinia)
  • Gomphrena 
  • Ice Plant (Delosperma)
  • Kangaroo Paws (Anigozanthos)
  • Lantana
  • Lily of the Nile (Agapanthus)
  • Lion’s Tail (Leonotis) 
  • Portulaca
  • Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
  • Red Yucca ‘Brakelights’ (Hesperaloe pravifolia ‘Brakelights‘)
  • Vinca (Catharanthus roseus)
  • Zinnias

*Cold Sensitive Plants? Use Frost Cloth This Winter

**Subject to availability. Call one of our five locations for current selection.

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