The concept of a tropical garden is one of lush foliage, brazzen flowers and running water. This is not necessarily the full picture.
Regions exist in the tropics that exhibit much more harsh environments - some desert like, others mountainous and cold.
Most tropical gardens are reflections of rainforests or a holiday destination. It is common among garden designers to be influenced by Asian and South American cultures resulting in the inclusion of huts, pagodas, lotus ponds, even plant combinations as seen in resorts.
Popular plants for a typical tropical garden include palms, aroids, ferns, fangipanis, allamandas, poinsettia, cycads, dracaenas, cordylines, crotons, strelitzia, bromeliads, orchids and flowering trees.
Create you own tropical garden indoors with:
- peace lily (Spathiphyllum)
- lady palm (Rhapis)
- flamingo flower (Anthurium)
- kentia palm (Howea)
(a brief article submitted by Paul Plant)
For more inspiration, refer to subTropical Gardening magazine - www.stgmagazine.com.au