How to grow a Tropical Jungle Garden

Tropical Jungle Garden with verbena and lobelia

How to grow a Tropical Jungle Garden

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Every season I deliberately spread all my tropical plants apart in containers and at the back of the beds in an effort to distributeTropical Jungle Garden Before Photothem evenly throughout the garden. This time I decided my barren and ugly spot needed something special (see right “before” photo), so I decided to go hog-wild and put all the colocasias, cannas, and dinosaur kale in one tropical jungle garden bed.

Mixed in with the black-eyed susans and tall sedum at the back of my front lawn vegetable beds I made my very own tropical jungle garden which had it’s spectacular final show in September – at the very end of Chicagoland’s zone 5b season. Some of you, I’m sure, will declare my attempt MADNESS, but I found the jungle garden experiment fun, colorful, and refreshing. Best yet, in September there are only a few things left in the garden still blooming – this gave me a spectacular extension of this northern garden season which brought a lot of joy to my garden heart.

Tropical Jungle Garden with verbena and lobelia
Tropical Jungle Garden with verbena and lobelia
Tropical jungle garden dinosaur kale
Tropical jungle garden dinosaur kale

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