Required Tropical Plants
In need of some drama for your garden? Tropical plants are a great addition that you can't go wrong with! Their enormous leaves, intense color, and fantastic textures give garden settings height and intrigue while anchoring and adding "heft."
These plants are native to regions of the globe with warm, frost-free weather that is generally wet but not always (South and Central America, parts of Asia, and parts of Africa, for example). As a result, you may enjoy them outside in the summer and move pots or dig up the bulbs inside for the winter when it becomes colder. Alternately, you might compost them as annuals and start again in the spring.
Top Tropical Plants For All Gardens
All of these plants thrive both in the ground and in containers, so long as the soil isn't entirely wet. You'll like these plants for the unique flair they give to your environment, whether you live in a subtropical area or have a garden where snow falls every year.
Plumeria is a patio tree with vibrantly colored blossoms and a wonderful aroma that will sate almost all of your tropical cravings. Additionally, when your friends see how well it is growing, they will be quite amazed. (Don't let on that growing plumeria plants is quite simple.)
Hawaiian leis usually use plumeria, which are the classic tropical flowers. We raise them as 15–18-inch-tall patio trees. The blooms' pleasantly fragrant but not overwhelming perfume makes them ideal for container plantings next to patio furniture.
Hardiness Zones 10-11. Grow plumeria year-round in full sunlight. Everywhere else, bring inside during the winter.
In contrast to certain tropical plants, plumeria are very drought resistant.
Passion vine is one of the most beautiful and dramatic tropical flowering vines, growing from 8 to 30 feet long with blossoms that are almost too beautiful to describe. Allow to climb over a mailbox or porch railing or train up a trellis in a container. Allow passion flowers to climb up and through your perennial gardens for a distinctive and wild appearance.
White, purple, lavender, blue, pink, and red hues may be found among the extremely textured, intricate layers of petals, filaments, stamens, and anthers. Zones 8 to 11 have year-round cold hardiness. Enjoy anyplace else as a summer accent.
Although jasmine is the stuff of literary tales, we believe it is a terribly overlooked garden plant. On vines that may reach a length of 30', little, waxy white blooms bloom from spring through summer and sometimes into the autumn.
Jasmine will be an evergreen joy in warmer climes; in lower climates, think of it as a fragrant houseplant in the winter. Jasmine prefers constantly wet soil and does best in full sun to mild shade. In order to enjoy the fragrance when the blooms are in bloom, make a statement by planting jasmine in high traffic locations (such as next to the front entrance or in a container on your outside patio or deck).
How about greenery that resembles hand-painted plants? Even though caladiums flower, you should plant them for their extravagant leaves, which come in red, pink, white, and green hues. Because the color is independent of the blooms, they are one of the few plants that provides full summertime color in the shadow.
The plant may reach a height of 25 inches and has leaves that can grow up to 18 inches long. The leaf forms vary from arrowhead to heart- or lance-shaped. The majority of caladiums like dappled to partial shade. Even though caladiums thrive in zones 10–11 of the climate, summer gardening is popular all over the world.
These stunning tropical plants may reach heights of 2 to 5 feet and widths of up to 6 feet. Ornamental gingers automatically conjure up images of the tropics, yet they bloom all over the world in the summer. Large, extended leaves and elaborate, multicolored blooms are characteristics of plants.
In hardiness zones 8–11, most people prefer dappled sunlight to light shade, and they also enjoy somewhat damp, but not soggy, soil.
Elephant Ears Plants
Nothing truly compares to the enormous size of elephant ears, the tropical garden's giants. Elephant ears are a striking addition to any tropical garden, with their heart-shaped leaves that may grow up to several feet wide.
These bulbs may reach heights and widths of 3' to 8', and although the most are as expected sensitive, some are really quite cold-tolerant.
Choose Esculenta Mojito for its speckled foliage or Hilo Beauty for its tricolor leaves with white highlights. You don't need a big garden to appreciate their enormous tropical flair. Certain varieties have smaller leaves.
On the variety you buy, look at the hardiness zone. But all across the world, bulbs are simple to dig up and overwinter inside.
Like other tropical plants, calla lilies have broad leaves, but they also have the distinctive spiral bloom structure that is so popular in cut flower arrangements.
Callas come in a variety of colors, from traditional white, purple, and pink to vibrant reds, yellows, and oranges. They are both beautiful and striking.
Even when plants are not in flower, some have speckled leaves that are wonderful accents to the garden. In zones 8–10, plants can withstand the winter, and everywhere else, they make excellent container annuals.
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