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As the summer arrives, consider adding some tropical plants to your garden for a splash of color. The large, waving foliage and lush growth habits add a cool, inviting touch, and the plants themselves are naturally tolerant of the heat and humidity of summer. You should treat these as an annual in our area, but at the end of summer you can bring potted tropical into a very bright area of the house.
Here are a couple of great choices for Tropicals.
Mandevilla has large, dark green leaves, and fragrant pink flowers. It is a twining vine, but also available in tree form! It needs well drained soil and full sun to light shade. Use it in a container on a deck, patio, or front porch, in a planter box, or even planted directly in the ground!
Hibiscus have brilliant trumpet-shaped flowers throughout the summer. It needs full sun and plenty of water. (But do let them dry out between waterings.) A great patio or poolside plant.