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Indoor Plants

10 Best Tropical Plants for Your Patio

June 18, 2020 3 min read

Using tropical plants in your outdoor space will effortlessly turn your home into a tropical oasis.

By placing a few tropical plants into your garden beds and container designs, you’ll upgrade traditional planters into a tropical jungle filled with unique foliage textures and lavish, bright florals. While some plants struggle in humidity, tropical plants thrive in it! Adding some tropicals to your garden seems high maintenance, but it’s quite the opposite once planted.

Whether you are looking for a foliage filler or a flowering plant with exotic blooms, tropical plants are the perfect companion for your summer garden.

Tropical Plants to Use in Your Garden

Hibiscus

One of the most traditional plants to add a tropical flair to gardens is hibiscus. They will add height and colour to containers and garden beds. Flowers come in a wide range of pinks, yellows, and even coral. Fertilize every two weeks with Parkwood® Flower Plant Food 15-30-15 for prolonged summer blooms!

Oleander

Delicate flowers will create a beautiful display until the end of summer. Large clusters of pink, white, and even yellow blooms will appear at the tips of the stem. Plant in full sun for optimal flowering.

Palm

Palms are the perfect addition for adding drama to containers. Robalinni palms, Majesty palms, and Eurica palms are popular types to add height and texture.

Pothos

This foliage plant not only looks great hanging from a shelf in your home, but they also make a fabulous addition to tropical themes contained gardens as a thriller! Pothos will gracefully cascade down containers and are available in various shades such as bright green (Neon) and variegated (Marble Queen).

Croton

This tropical plant with bring the summer heat to your garden with bright red, yellow, and orange striped foliage. These colours easily translate into your fall garden too!

Bromeliad

This tropical plant family is available in an astonishing range of colours. They have shiny, deep green foliage and flower spikes in various shades of pink, yellow, red, orange; they can be striped or spotted.

Alocasia

Create a stunning centrepiece in container gardens with this foliage plant. Alocasia has a short but fast-growing season; new leaves can be twice the size of old ones! You can find varieties in waxy greens, matted blacks, slim arrow shape, or heart-shaped foliage.

Cordyline

Pinks and greens on cordyline will take your summer garden to new heights. They look their best in areas that need a mass planting or specimen and in the centre or back or container gardens.

Cordyline Kiwi

Caladium

Large, heart-shaped leaves have a fantastic display of colour in combinations of white, green, and pink. They love hot, humid weather but will do best in partial to full shade – the full sun can damage the leaves. Caladium is the perfect companion beside your hostas or ferns.

Bird of Paradise

Another favourite for adding height and drama in the garden. Large green leaves will bring the tropics to your patio or front entrance. With proper care, exotic yellow and orange flowers will appear.

Bring Tropicals Indoors after Summer

Instead of tossing out tropical plants you took care of all summer, bring them inside! We recommend spraying them with an insecticidal spray to remove and prevent any pests. Do a little research to see what the plants need to thrive indoors. Don’t forget a moisture metre, so you water your plants properly!