Tropicanna Shines at the National Arboretum

Gardens in Washington DC

Tropicanna Black shines against the National Arboretum’s granite wall

As I have mentioned in previous posts, one of the key benefits of travel in my role with the company and as a gardener is the opportunity to visit some of the great gardens of the world and to look at different design styles.

Whilst, for the most part, I try to have as little to do with politicians as possible, it is really apparent when you get the chance to visit Washington that the politicians have spared no expense when it comes to beautifying their surroundings with many impressive buildings and memorials.

We all understand the significance and beauty of Arlington cemetery (which is a really moving experience and something I recommend you visit if you get the chance), the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, Capital building, the new WWII Museum and Museum of African American History and Culture and other amazing museums.  But an additional place to include on your list is the oft-forgotten National Arboretum.

border plants

With it’s exotic leaves and stunning blooms, Tropicanna works well in a mixed border with brightly colored annuals along one of the arboretum pathways.


This amazing arboretum is truly a national treasure and has some incredible display gardens. I was lucky enough to see one of our plants, Tropicanna, used in various locations – including the perennial beds at the entrance.


Tropicanna in garden

Crimson coleus, Tropicanna Black and Tropicanna Gold draw your eye through this bed.

Tropicanna is one of those plants that really catches your attention in a garden bed and has been used in a multiple of locations – both in containers and in gardens – not only at the National Arboretum, but also throughout Washington.

I hope you enjoy these images as much as I did seeing the plants being used and if you get the chance, make sure you include a stop at the Arboretum in your trip planning for Washington.

Until next  time ‘Garden on good people’.


Tropicanna as border plant

Tropicanna and Tropicanna Gold work well mixed with bright orange and red zinnias and other annuals along a narrow border and walkway.









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