Zone 5 Tropical Trees
ZONE 5 TEMPTAL LOOKING PLANT FOR ZONE 6: CHOOSING TROPICAL PLANTS FOR ZONE 6
Tropical trees are a great choice for zones 6 and lower because they have low maintenance requirements. They require little water or fertilizer, but still need it regularly if they want to remain healthy. There are many varieties of tropical trees available for sale at garden centers and nurseries. These include palms, eucalyptus trees, mangoes, bananas and other fruit trees. Some of these types of tropical trees do not produce fruits at all; others produce only small amounts of fruit.
The most common type of tree grown for their foliage is the palm tree. These are often called “palmier” or “palmetto.” Most species are native to South America and Africa. However, some species can be found in Asia, Australia and New Zealand.
Palms are one of the best choices for zones 6 through 7 because they require very little care. You will need to provide them with plenty of room to spread out and sunlight during hot weather months. If you live in a cold climate where the temperatures drop into the teens, then palms may not be your best choice. In such climates you would probably prefer something else like a pine or spruce tree instead.
You can get rare varieties of palms such as the “Dypsis Lutescens” which is also known as the golden cane. It is native to Madagascar and Hawaii, which are both located in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. This tree produces yellow flowers and dark green fan-shaped leaves, which hang from yellow stems. One thing to keep in mind when planting any type of tree is that you should choose a location that is at least 10 feet away from any structure. This will prevent the roots from causing any damage to your home.
Another great choice for trees in zone 6 are the various types of Eucalyptus trees. There are over 700 different types of Eucalyptus trees around the world. Most of them are located in Australia, but there are some species that can be found in other parts of Southeast Asia and Africa.
ZONE 5 TEMPTAL LOOKING PLANT FOR ZONE 7: CHOOSING TROPICAL PLANTS FOR ZONE 7
You can buy seedlings or starter plants at a local nursery. These trees grow very quickly and are drought-resistant. They also typically do not attract a lot of pests or diseases. This is great for people who don’t have a green thumb or want to spend a lot of time taking care of a plant. One word of caution when planting trees in general.
It is always better to buy larger plants rather than seedlings. Large plants tend to survive better than seedlings in your climate and require less maintenance.
You can plant Eucalyptus trees near the front and back entrances of your home. These trees can grow over 60 feet in height. There are also varieties that only grow to be 15 feet. These trees do not produce a lot of shade, but they provide breathing fresh air. One of the best things about these plants is their ability to clean the air.
They literally pull toxins out of the air around them and release beneficial oxygen.
You can also plant species of Eucalyptus in large containers on your patio or deck area. These are very inexpensive to buy and easier to maintain. You can place these containers anywhere that you want because they don’t need a lot of room to grow. Plus, container plants tend to be healthier than those growing in the ground.
Citrus trees such as lemons, limes, oranges and tangerines, are also good for planting in zone 7. You will need to make sure that you have enough room in your yard to plant these trees. They can get quite large. Another option is to plant dwarf varieties of these trees in large containers on your patio or deck. This will give you the benefits of citrus trees without taking up a lot of space in your yard.
If you like flowers, then you might want to plant annual and perennial types in mixed beds around your house. These flower bulbs add a lot of color to your landscape and are relatively easy to maintain. You can cut them and bring them inside during the winter months in colder climates.
You might also want to plant grass varieties in some areas of your yard. Keep in mind where you plan to place these areas. The best type of grass to plant depends upon how much sun and shade the area gets. You also want to make sure the correct type of grass will grow in your soil type. You can have a lawn maintenance company analyze your soil and make recommendations for you.
A nice rock or pebble walkway leading up to your front door is another idea. You can really set the mood with the lights off on your front porch if you have a nicely illuminated walkway. This is also a good safety feature for seeing and not stepping in unexpected puddles or wading into a hole when it is dark outside.
You can also put in a small water feature somewhere on your patio or deck. This is a nice touch to have when you are grilling or just sitting around the patio table. Don’t put it too close to the house, though, so you don’t attract any unwanted pests or insects.
ZONE 8: CHOOSING PLANTS FOR SUMMER
Yardwork can be quite labor intensive, especially during the warmer months. You don’t want to spend all of your free time mowing the lawn and pulling weeds. Fortunately, there are some plants that can help cut down on this maintenance.
Planting low growing ground covers can save you time and money on lawn care. There are several varieties of these ground covers such as Creeping Jenny, Perennial Blanket Flower and Wintercreeper. These grow slowly and spread out over time. They will grow just about anywhere and need very little attention. In fact, you can virtually ignore these plants and they will still thrive.
These also come in a variety of different colors such as yellow, purple, red and blue-green. This makes them very attractive to the eye.
If you want a little color in your landscape, then you might want to plant some petunias or another variety of flowering plant. There are so many different types to choose from that you will surely be able to find the color combination that you want for your yard. Plant them in hanging baskets or window boxes to add a splash of color to your home.
You can also plant grasses in some of your flower beds. These grow fairly quickly and stay shorter than regular lawn grass. If you prefer a wildflower look, then this is a good option for you.
Grasses and flowering plants need a lot of sunlight to grow their best. If they don’t get enough sunlight, then they will become weak and will not bloom as much or as brightly as they could. This is why it is important to place these plants in areas that get at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. You can always place them in areas that receive partial sun, but they may not look as good.
You can have a beautiful yard without spending all of your free time out in the sun and heat. With a little planning and some research, you can still have a nice lawn and landscape without spending a lot of money on outside help.
ZONE 9: SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPING
One of the biggest issues facing our planet today is pollution. Many of the chemicals used in traditional lawn care products are harmful to the environment. These chemicals have been linked to many issues such as the decline of the bee population, poisoning of wildlife and habitat destruction.
If you are concerned about the environment, then sustainable landscape options are worth looking into. Sustainable landscape options are typically a more expensive upfront cost, but they save money in the long term. Also, they are safe for your health and the environment.
Some of these sustainable landscape options include using gravel or crushed stones instead of mulch. Both of these are environmentally friendly and can be found in most local quarries. Another popular option is to plant native plants rather than non-natives. Native plants require less maintenance and work with the natural surroundings.
To save water in your garden, you can plant drought tolerant plants. These plants do not require a lot of water to survive and are typically found in deserts and other arid locations. You can also water your yard during the early morning hours rather than during the day. This allows the water to settle into the roots of the plants rather than being lost to evaporation.
By making a few changes to your landscape, you can make your yard look better and be kinder to the environment.
ZONE 10: MAINTAINING YOUR NEW GARDEN
Once you have finished your project, you will need to learn how to maintain it.
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