Earlier in December, we went to visit the Museum of Life and Science in Durham, which has a recently revamped dinosaur walking trail. I was really impressed by how they managed to keep the woods feeling at least somewhat tropical in the dead of the winter. Unfortunately there weren't any plant labels to identify what they used, and no gardening staff nearby to ask. That being said, I'm pretty sure this is the Fatsia Japonica I mentioned in a previous post, in front of a backdrop of a magonlia (duh.)
Here is some more plants, not sure on the ferns, and there is a very pretty yellow blooming plant in the background. My brain keeps saying mahonia, but I'm not sure if that's right, and I certainly don't know the cultivar.
Either way, isn't it neat how they made the appearance of tropical growth? I'm looking forward to coming back in warmer weather and seeing the total package, but I came away with some more ideas for my tropical bed.
Here's what's blooming for me right now, this is my Prunus Mume "Josephine" and I really love the blossoms on it. Although I wish I had a pink one as well. I just need a bigger yard.