Beautiful and dependable, Echinacea purpurea, or purple cone flower, is the crowning glory of the summer perennial garden. A member of the Aster family, all Echinacea species are native to North America.
Touted by some as the “fruit from the fountain of youth” because of its high antioxidant, carotene and essential amino acids content, the goji berry (Lycium barbarum), also creates a large sensation in the garden. Additionally, it’s easy to grow in zones 3-10 (even in seaside locations!) and doesn’t need a second plant for cross-pollination as it is self-pollinating.
It only takes a few plants to cast a tropical look upon a garden. Although our gardening zone here isn’t “tropical”, it’s still possible to include some tropical and “tropical looking” plants in our landscapes to create a lush summer oasis.