Tropical Garden in Chicago

Welcome to get gardening my name is Casey
i’m a teacher by day and an avid gardener by night. I’ve been gardening for the past
fifteen years. I’ve developed a passion and ‘d like to share with you all my experience,
my mistakes. For the course of this series, one of my favorite things about gardening
is sharing it with other people. Whenever I have a friend around or a family member
I am constantly taking them outside to go see some of the plants that I’m growing and
I’d like to share it with yu so today I am going to share with you my tropical garden. This is my tropical garden. I planted this
out in May, I wish I could saythat I;ve done tons and tons of work in here but besides
weeding and watering, couple little bits of deadheading, here and there, i’ve pretty much
left it to it’s own devices. I’d like to zoom in and show you some specific plants that
I’ve grown in here, some of the tender annuals, and perennials that are in here, that make
this garden so tropical looking. Some of the plants that I grow in here are
plants that add wonderful lush vibrant look to the garden, but they are plants that are
not fully hardy to Chicago winters, so they need to be lifted in the fall after the frost
come. This plant thatI have here is called an elephant ear and it grows from like a tuber
or a bulb like a tulip that you have it throws up these bg huge gigantic leaves, it really
needs a lot of water and some feed every once in a while , but other than that it pretty
much, just does its own thing, and it adds wonderful color here, adds wonderful foliage
here to the garden, something that does add wonderful color to your garden would be a
lant like this Dahlia here, I love how it has these beautiful dark leaves, wonderful
intricate color in this flower that starts out to be beautiful fushia color and fades
to this lighter white here the bees and the butterflies absolutely love this plant here
and while it’s not truly a tropical plants it adds that tropical flavor with this dark
foliage and hot color in the flower. Some other plants that I grow that need to be lifted
in the fall are these canna lilies, I have two species growing over here, this is one
called bengal tiger, and this is one called, tropical paradise, and you can tell why this
one is named so because of the beautiful foliage with the red and green markings, this is a
new flower spike and its just going to open up and be this beautiful vibrant orange color,
but this one has little tiny orange flowers, and the bees love them and it adds beautiful
lush foliage. Again these plants just need to be lifted in the fall. Some of the plants that I grow in this garden
are completely hardy to Chicago winters, meaning that they dont need to be lifted, they can
survive right where they are at. One of the plants that I love is this cardinal flower
it has a beautiful deep red flower, hummingbirds and bees love them and they really look like
they come from the jungle but it just grows right here in chicago perfectly fine other
plants that re hardy but have a tropical feel is something like this bee balm that i have
growing over here, this bee balm is a purple one that i got maybe ten year ago that i have
just been splitting over the years and it has this truly exotic look here the bees they
absolutely love it and it fits right inhere in this tropical garden. other plants that
Igrow, im going to come over here is something that most people do grow in their own garden,
is something like a daylily , this one has a beautiflu red color, its done blooming.
, Ihave a yucca that I started here, that my grandmother over here she gave me a piece,these
are plants that add a tropical feel but they are plants thatcan survivereally hardy winter. I added some annuals to my tropical garden
here this coleus is all the same type of plant here um but it develops different color leaves
and it really kinda adds a little bit of a tropical flavor. Coleus is something you can
buy at any nursery around you and it just kind of works with the theme here . Another
annual that i rowis something that I call Ricinus or Castor oil plantthey have these
big huge leaves here I started these plants in January from seed, I had five o them, four
of them made it to my garden, these three and ones hiding in the back over there, the
fifth one i killed it so it didnt make it into this garden but they really set the whole
tone for this garden hge big leaves every week they just keep growing higher and higher
these are poisonous so you dont want your dogs to eat them but theyre something that
are very easy to grow put the seed in the soil and just it takes off from there. Another way that you can add a tropical feeling
to your garden and if you dont have the proper soil for something if you grow in really clay
soil, my soil happens to be beautiffuly sandy that does well for a lot of these plants but
some plants f theyre too picky like this plumeria here you can grow them in pots some of the
plants that I grow pots are something liek this hibiscus, i have a palm here, um this
is a bulb called eucomis they have beautiful flowers that are called pineapple lily and
you can see where it gets its name from, its got this fun little pineapple like flower,these
you grow in pots and then in the winter time you bring them in the house and thats another
way that you can add a little tropical touch to your garden at home This being my first episode some of these
plants that ve grown in here this year are plants tat are completely new to me ive never
grown them before,ive never grown elephant ears or ricinus before but i saw them thought
they were interesting and decided to try them I want you to know that as a gardener you
shouldnt be afraid of trying something new, you know i think a lot of gardeners are afraid
of killing some plants well i have killed many plants you know try something new and
see if it works a lot of these plants have worked oyt really wonderfully for me and i
hope that you’ll be inspired to this year or next year to try a couple new plants maybe
you’ll make a tropical garden too. And until next time, i wanted to thank you
for watching, and get out there and garden!

32 thoughts on “Tropical Garden in Chicago

  1. Nice garden!..I've grown castor beans before but my wife made me dug them up for fear my dog or my young daughter might eat a seed pod( they are extremely poisonous and can actually kill you if you ingest a seed)….you should try adding some bananas to your garden, I have four or five different varieties now. I highly recommend ice cream banana or Mekong Giant because they grow very fast and can get 10 to 15 ft tall in one growing season if properly cared for and fertilized. I'll be posting a video of my backyard in a few weeks after my plants get a bit bigger….happy gardening!

  2. Great video. Im not sure if a Colorado winter is comparable to Illinois so Im interested to see how you prepare your garden for the winters months. I've been thinking about an elephant ear plant but I want it for indoors. I'm not sure if thats the right step though. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Hooked on your channel! Love your enthusiasm! I've had luck with castor beans and cannas…going to try bananas and elephant ears this year. Live near Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

  4. Hey, greetings from Florida. That's a great spread you've got there. If you ever want to try anything unusual, look through some of my videos and drop me a line. I'll be happy to ship seeds, cuttings, bulbs or living plants to you, to experiment with. Just give me a shout out in your video if the plants succeed! It's a no brainer to grow tropicals here in Florida, It's another thing entirely to get good results like yours up north. I really enjoy watching temperate climate folk achieve such great results! Do you get the Michael Cera look alike much? Cheers and feel free to hit me up for plants.

  5. Greetings from Salt Spring Island, Canada. You have a very amazing exotic garden. We grow many palms and exotic plants on our island. Love them. Cheers

  6. Now I know what it's called – Castor oil plant! Thanks )) By the way, I saw it grow in Atyrau (Western Kazakhstan) with constant winds and -30C in winter. So it's extremely hardy and I'm going to plant it here in Ireland.

  7. I like how you mixed the country garden with the tropical garden. I love it. Keep up with the great videos.

  8. God forbid I should ever have to live somewhere so cold. Thanks for enthusiastically sharing.

  9. It's harder to grow the tropical plants in Chicago due to the below freezing temperatures in winter time,on the main,the 25-30 degree Celsius temperatures in Chicagos summer are more comparable to the early to mid Autumn temperatures or late spring temperatures in my location in Australia which is 150 kilometres north of Sydney,although I've heard of some of Chicagos temperatures reach over 40 degrees Celsius but is meant to be unusual there.

    Our summers can get very hot with the last 2 having temperatures reaching between 40-47 degrees Celsius which is very stressful on plants ,not to mention people & animals.

    While our climate is classed as humid subtropical, the rainforests are in ravines where either natural water courses,creeks & rivers are located.

    My area is more of a eucalyptus woodland meaning to grow ferns & certain tropical plants,a microclimate needs to be generated so the sun doesn't burn the leaves.

    For example, my Dad is a bit of a lazy gardener & planted tree ferns,etc in the open sun,a hot summer killed them because they came from under the canopy of a rainforest,they need partial shade.

    His mother used to grow exotic orchids in a shade house until she had to move into a nursing home,my cousin took a whole lot of them home & they died, my dad has some of them planted in his garden,that was up near the Queensland border.

    I've got 3 x Bangalow palm seedlings in pots which are seedlings from trees my dad got of my late uncle in 2001-2002 as he was a wildlife park ranger up there, they are native in our local rainforests down to cooler areas such as Canberra.

    As far as tropical plants go,avocado trees need partial shade when they are younger as my dad transplanted a seedling into the sun & a 42 degree Celsius day cooked the leaves which fell off,the stem appears to be budding again.

    On the main,they need partial shade,a decent amount of water & good drainage, except mangoes which can grow in the dryer tropical Savannah areas of Australia such as Darwin & Townsville.

    The mango trees like the drier climates better,plants such as papayas may need protection from frosts in winter depending upon if our climate has changed or not.

    We live about 40 kilometres from the ocean & the further you go inland, the worse the frosts get.

  10. Your lovely garden looks like a hideaway! The cicadas in the background add nicely to that and remind me of sleepy warm summers – thanks for jogging happy memories. 🙂

  11. Nice video. With lot of effort a beautiful garden. I also have a small garden with nearly more than 100 plants so I know the efforts you must have taken.

  12. Beautiful garden! I'm also a teacher by day and a gardener in the Chicagoland area. Most of my plants are perennials and a few annuals. I don't have much room to bring plants in during the winter though

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