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Tropical jewels plan
Damien Scogin

Tropical jewels plan

A. New Zealand flax ( Phormium tenax; existing)
B. Blood flower ( Asclepias curassavica 'Silky Deep Red'; 4 inch)
C. Lily turf ( Liriope muscari 'Majestic'; 1 gal.)
D. Celosia mix (sixpack)
E. 'Frau Louise Mayer' dahlia (1 gal.)
F. 'Park Record' semicactus dahlia (1 gal.)
G. Red and yellow cannas (existing)
H. 'Kelvin Floodlight' dahlia (1 gal.)
I. Mondo grass ( Ophiopogon japonicus; 4 inch)
J. 'Profusion Apricot' zinnia (sixpack)
K. Giant bird of paradise ( Strelitzia nicolai; 5 gal.)
L. 'Brilliant' hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Brilliant'; 5 gal.)
M. Sweet potato vine ( Ipomoea batatas 'Marguerite'; 4 inch; in pot)
N. Ruffled taro ( Colocasia esculenta 'Ruffles'; 1 gal.; in pot)
O. 'Kanga Red' kangaroo paw (1 gal.)

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