Are you a fan of gardens and landscape scenery of flowers that are very rich with colors and plants that have foliage that looks so special and extravagant? Then you must be a fan of tropical gardens or you may have just found the perfect landscaping idea for you.
Tropical landscape plants are those plants that commonly have broad leaves, green foliage and most of all, bright and beautifully-colored flowers. This is the unique feature of this type of landscape – having plants that are rare. Not only that it is rare because they are found naturally in tropical countries, but they are also not used commonly as garden and landscaping plants for they take up much area because of their size.
Exploring: Tropical Landscape
Tropical landscapists do not worry or have difficulties in searching for plants that grow vigorously, but they have problems in finding the appropriate plants to be used in a landscape setting.
Here are the plants that are commonly used in tropical landscaping and gardening:
Palms and Cycads. These are considered to be classic ornaments or tropical trees because they are commonly found in almost all tropical landscapes. They give a more “tropical” feeling and sense once you look at them because they are known only to thrive in tropic regions of the world. Having these trees is the best way to create your tropical garden. Other ornamental trees that can be used in tropical garden are apple and lemon trees. Tall and strong bamboos or the grass family can also be used because they tend to grow to the height of trees.
Short and Climbing. The tropical regions are known to be home for species of beautiful and colorful shrubs and vines. An example of these plants is the rose flower. Roses can bloom all-year round and produce very colorful and sweet-scented flowers. Other tropical shrubs and vine ornaments include many kinds of ivies, bougainvillea and other more that have colorful flowers.
Flowers. As mentioned earlier, tropical landscapes and gardens are known to have colorful flowers. Orchids and bromeliads are the best examples of these plants that are found and featured commonly in tropical gardens because of their very colorful and beautiful flowers. In addition to this, the flowers are very delicate and the ultimate prize in growing them is actually having them flower.
The Challenge: Weather and Climate
Tropical plants, as the name implies, are known to grow in a habitat that is temperate and humid. The problem with having this type of landscape is the weather and climate conditions. We all know that these plants cannot survive extreme cold.
When you are in an area that suffers from severe winter but you still want to have a tropical landscape because of its rare beauty, do not lose hope. You can still achieve having a tropical garden even though it is freezing in your area. You can actually place the plants you are going to use in the landscape in pots.
Putting and planting tropical plants in pots will enable you to transfer them in an area where they can be protected from the harsh weather. The greenhouse is the best place to keep your tropical plants in good and healthy living condition though the weather is not tolerable for them when they are exposed to it.
Landscape Lighting Suggestion
Landscape lighting is an art. You might think that outdoor lighting simply means throwing up some flood lights to point up at your tree at night is all you need to do and bam! You got your garden lit up.
If you’re like me and watch all those HGTV shows about home improvement, you’ll see that decks, patios, and gardens are not only outdoor spaces these days, they are part of your home’s fashion and style – to be used for parties and create a specific emotion at night.
Take your time and pick out the different styles of lights which you can use (check out the link above).
Lighting up your garden not only includes “up lights” for your trees, it includes lighting up things like:
- deck borders
- grass and garden borders
You can also choose between lights powered by the sun and lights powered by your power company. If you live in places with a lot of sun, solar lights work great.
So take your time and plan out your tropical garden carefully.