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Create a Show-Stopping Summer Landscape

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Got hot weather? No problem. You can create a show-stopping summer landscape with tropical and warm-season plants. Tropical plants are summer garden essentials. Whether they’re blooming or not, the foliage stands out on its own.

Top 7 summer Annual and Tropical Plants:

  1. Tropical hibiscus. Bold blooms from scarlet red to sunset orange to pale lavender laugh at hot temperatures.
  2. Elephant Ears. There are many varieties of elephant ears on the market. Grow your favorite in shade or partial shade.
  3. Joseph’s Coat. ‘Red Threads’ and ‘Little Ruby’ are stunning with bright, red leaves that mix well with white, yellow, orange and blue flowers.
  4. Firecracker flower. Orange crossandra is the color of sherbet and will thrive in hot conditions.
  5. Bat-face cuphea. This trailing plant with red and blue blooms looks very patriotic midsummer and doesn’t stop blooming until frost.
  6. Shrimp plant. In shades of red, yellow and even white, it brightens any landscape.
  7. Banana tree. Grown for its ornamental leaves, it makes a great centerpiece in a large container.

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