Jessica Damiano Jessica Damiano, Newsday columnist

Jessica Damiano is a master gardener and journalist with more than 25 years experience in radio, television, print and online media. She has worked on Newsday's interactive endeavors since 1994, and currently is Deputy Editor overseeing's Lifestyle and Entertainment coverage. Jessica enjoys toiling in her garden -- a never-finished work in progress -- and helping local gardeners solve their horticultural problems in her Garden Detective column, which appears every Sunday in Newsday. Her Garden Detective column and blog have been awarded Press Club of Long Island Society of Professional Journalists Awards. Jessica lives in Glen Head, NY, with her husband John, daughters Justine and Julia, dogs Maddie and Miguel, and a whole bunch of perennials, vegetable plants and weeds. Ask a question Show More

Many of the leading garden catalogs now carry some tropicals, and more and more local nurseries are doing so as well. Elephant ears and many of the more common exotic plants are widely available locally. Some lesser-known ones are, too, so it's definitely worth checking with your local retailer first.

For hard-to-find showstoppers, these websites deliver:

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Logee's Plants for Home and Garden ( 888-330-8038)

Almost Eden (almost 337-375-2114)

Plant Delights Nursery ( 919-772-4794)

California Carnivores ( 707-824-0433)

Longfield Gardens ( 855-534-2733)