It was difficult to narrow my choices down to just five of my favorite plants but that was the question that Elizabeth from Garden Rant requested.
# 1 - The Washingtonia robusta ( Mexican Fan Palm ) .
I love it because its wide ribbed palm fronds lend a tropical flavor to the garden and because it is a perfect armature for growing my bromeliad,-
tillandsia and orchid collection on.
which leads me to choice # 2
- The Bromeliad Collection. -
I have been attending the San Francisco Bromeliad Society meetings for the past year. Since attending the once monthly meetings I have learned an incredible amount about this curious looking plant family and my collection has grown substantially. I love that most all of the bromeliads that are in my garden have come from other society members . It is nice to look at a plant in your garden and associate a friend with it.
# 3 The Cussonia paniculata tree ( Snowflake Cabbage tree ) This Dr. Suess looking tress is absolutely fascinating to watch grow ! Its thick corky bark trunk is topped with a glaucaus blue mop head of snowflake looking leaves that can reach 2 feet wide
# 4 The hot pink huge Bougainvillea vine -
This huge brilliant fuchsia colored vine blooms 9 months out of the years
#5 - Aeoniums -
They are my ‘roses’ of choice. With their big leafy rosettes , saucy colors and succulent foliage they add Mediterranean pizzaz to my garden.