Red hibiscus flower. Photo taken on 13/03/2016, in Balneario Camboriu, Brazil.

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Red  hibiscus flower. Photo taken on 13/03/2016, in Balneario Camboriu, Brazil.

By Darcy Larum, Landscape Designer During summer in zone 9 it may certainly feel like the tropics; however, in winter when temperatures dip in to the 20s or 30s, you may worry about one of your tender tropical plants. Because zone 9 is mostly a subtropical climate, it’s necessary to select tropical plants that are hardy in zone 9 and grow non-hardy tropical plants as annuals. Continue reading to learn about growing tropical gardens in zone 9. Caring For Tropical Plants in Zone 9 Gardens When you think of the tropics, you probably visualize brightly colored, exotic-looking flowers; large, interesting shaped foliage in various shades of green, gold, red and orange; and, of course, palm trees. Palm trees play an important role in zone 9 tropical gardens; they are used as specimen plants, backdrops, windbreaks and privacy screens. However, not all palms are hardy in zone 9. For zone 9

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