Foolproof Winter-Hardy Tropical Plants

Many of the plants that project the tropical look aren't winter hardy below 15 to 20 degrees (USDA Zone 8). Here are some beauties that can go as low as Zone 6 or 7.

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Hardy Sugar Cane

The handsome gray-green foliage provides a wonderful tropical feel and vertical accent to the garden. The effect is heightened in fall when flower panicles are produced in large numbers and tower to as much as 15 feet. The plumes begin as soft pink, open to silver and look great through the winter. Hardy sugar cane performs well down to USDA Zone 6.

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