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  • Tropical Look-Alikes for Rogue Valley Gardens

  • You can have a lush, jungle-like garden right here in the Rogue Valley if you carefully choose broad-leaf evergreens for your landscape.
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    • make tropical bouquets from your garden
      A jungle garden has a wealth of greenery, perfect to cut for the first step in making flower arrangements. Tropical-looking foliage has the remarkable quality of remaining fresh-looking for weeks ...
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      make tropical bouquets from your garden
      A jungle garden has a wealth of greenery, perfect to cut for the first step in making flower arrangements. Tropical-looking foliage has the remarkable quality of remaining fresh-looking for weeks when cut and arranged in a vase of water. Of course you will want to change the water regularly (daily!) and don't permit any leaves to go underwater. Add a drop of anti-bacterial hand soap to the water to maintain freshness.

      Starting an arrangement with tropical-looking foliage is fun and easy. An example combination might start with stems of deerhorn cedar. Then proceed with stems of the palmate leaves of the perennial hellebore. These two plants will then firmly hold in place several long-stemmed leaves of the gold-spotted cast iron plant. This simple arrangement will have a delightful tropical charm.

      Flowers, of course, can be added to this greenery. True tropical flowers would be best, which would require a trip to the florist shop. You'll need a few stems of such flowers as flamingo flower (Anthuriums), lobster claw (Heliconia), and bird-of-paradise (Strelitzia). Another solution is to stock up on artificial versions of these tropical flowers to jazz up your bouquets any time of year.
  • You can have a lush, jungle-like garden right here in the Rogue Valley if you carefully choose broad-leaf evergreens for your landscape.
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