Strelitzia niclolai, the Natal Wild Banana, graces a container in The Entry Garden. Photo by Lisa Roper

Tropicals in containers - Strelitzia niclolai, the Natal Wild Banana, graces a container in The Entry Garden. Photo by Lisa Roper

tropical border....See several items that love our Louisiana summers and survive practically all winters in the ground

GREEN AND LUSH tropical border.See several items that love our Louisiana summers and survive practically all winters in the ground

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree, Ficus lyrata, lush foliage for the tropical effect, can be grown in tassie in a warm protected spot.                                                                                                                                                      More

Considering the Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

The fiddle leaf fig tree (or fiddle-leaf fig) is this year's "it" house plant. Maybe next year's, too. Here are tips to care for a fiddle leaf fig.

Australian garden designer Michael Cooke's house entry is framed by lush mixed plantings of Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa), grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp), massed aloes (Aloe spp.) and more. Photographed by Daniel Shipp. via The Design Files

Australian garden designer Michael Cooke's house entry is framed by lush mixed plantings of Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa), grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp), massed aloes (Aloe spp. Photographed by Daniel Shipp. via The Design Files

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