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If you’d rather do a little DIY planting, stop by The Plant Shed in Keller to see if they carry these colorful plants.
Croton ‘Petra’ (Codiaeum sp.)
You’ll actually find many varieties of crotons in the Texas nursery industry today. That’s a great thing, because these plants are some of the showiest of all tropical color. We grow them for foliage, and the colors get more brilliant with exposure to sunlight. Having grown them in my own yard for almost 30 summers — the photo is from our landscape — I’ve found the perfect blend of lighting to be sunlight until noon, then shade during the hottest part of the afternoon in the summer.
You can plant crotons into beds, but they’ll break your heart when winter arrives. I leave mine potted, then bring them into the greenhouse over the winter. You could safely bring them through the cold months if you had a bright south-facing window. Rotate the plants every few days for more uniform lighting.
Lemon lollipop (Pachystachys lutea)
Some might refer to this as “yellow shrimp plant,” and the similarities are obvious. Lemon lollipop grows to 18 to 24 inches tall, and it tops all of its stems with colorful stacks of yellow flowers all summer and up until frost.
As with our other tropical-color plants, lemon lollipop can be grown either in pots or in the ground. If you overwinter it in a sunroom or greenhouse, you’ll probably want to cut it back drastically at the end of winter. The plants can get rather leggy, and you’ll enjoy the regrowth and fresh look a lot more.
Pink polka-dot (Hypoestes sanguinolenta)
As with bloodleaf, you have to find just the right nursery to get your trowels on this little annual. It grows to 12 inches tall and wide, and breeders have brought us a wonderful assortment of pink, red and white variegation. Kids love it, and you will, too.
For a complete list of tropical plants that will thrive in North Texas read more: Ft. Worth Star Telegram