Winter Care for Outdoor Tropical Plants
By Gil Medeiros, former Fairfax Master Gardener
I am a New Englander, born and raised. Nevertheless, I love the look of tropical plants in the landscape and have grown quite a few here in Northern Virginia. Unfortunately, by their nature, most tropical plants cannot survive our zone 7 winters – unless, as I have found, you take steps to protect them when cold temperatures hit.
There are thousands of tropical plants. Here are the ones that are most commonly grown in our area, along with my tried and true recommendations for protecting them come winter: