Tropical Gardening: Global warming means palms in surprising places

  • Photo courtesy of Voltaire Moise Hardy banana species like Musa bajoo and Musa Sikkimensis, seen growing here in Paris, France, may be grown as far north as Victoria, B.C., Canada, on the West Coast and Washington, D.C. Give them protection like a heavy mulch. The plants will die back and regrow in the spring much like Canna plants.

We are still in Italy but soon to be home. Visiting the Amalfi Coast south of Rome made us homesick, mainly because it looks tropical with lots of palms, bananas and other plants that create a tropical ambiance. It just goes to show that one can create a feeling by the plants used in the landscape.