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Maryland gardens warm up to tropical trend
Maryland gardens warm up to tropical trend

Tropicals will be hot this gardening season. Forgive the pun, but growers and garden centers are responding to a demand from homeowners for the luxurious foliage and lipstick colors of plants more suited to the South. And they are offering much more than the bread-and-butter varieties of hibiscus and mandevilla we are used to seeing in greenhouses. "People want color," said Stephanie Thompson Fleming, owner of Behnke's Nursery in Beltsville. "The economy is terrible, and they want to make the place where they live look great." "Tropicals are going to soar this year," said Lynne Whalen of Garden Media Group, which represents garden industry clients and...