Plantings: Tropical’s

View our Tropical planting library below. Discuss your design options with your landscape designer to create your dream layout. Please contact us with any questions you may have. 

✾ This indicates that a plant blooms for 6 weeks or longer

✓ This indicates that the plant is listed as Resistant/Tolerant to Deer

 

 

Agapanthus

  • Characteristics: Flowers bloom in large round clusters of umbels of blue, white or violet blue. Funnel shaped flowers grow at the end of a thick 2’-4’ tall stem. Blooms late spring to the beginning of autumn.

  • Light: Full Sun

  • Moisture: Well drained soils, normal watering

  • Plant: Great for containers, bring indoors over winter

Caladium Bicolor

  • Characteristics: Colored leaves 12” in length and 6” wide, leaves form a clump. Dozens of variegated forms exist in shades of green, white, pinks and reds. Grows 1’-2’ tall, leaf apex points downwards, blooms till September.

  • Light: Part shade to part sun

  • Moisture: Well drained moist soils, normal watering

  • Plant: Use in containers, beds and borders

Canna X Generalis

  • Characteristics: Foliage is large tropical paddle like 18”-24” in length, produces 3” diameter flowers with layers of petals in many ranges of colors, height is 4’-7’ tall. Has 4 flowers per plant, blooms May until frost Varieties include ‘Bengal Tiger’, ‘Tropicana’ and ‘Premium’.

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Moisture: Moist to boggy soils, normal watering

  • Plant: Great for containers, store rhizome in cool place over winter

Colocasia Esculanta – Elephant Ears

  • Characteristics: Large 3-pointed arrow or heart shaped leaf’s, pointing down 2’-3’ in length. Blooms May until frost, comes in a variety of colors some with multiple colors on one plant. Varieties include ‘Black Magic’ and ‘Illustris’.

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Moisture: Medium to wet soils, normal watering

  • Plant: Remove yellow older leaves, great for containers

Cordyline Australis ‘Red Sensation’

  • Characteristics: Long tropical spear like upright leaves up to 36” in length, deep burgundy color. Bloom from May to late October.

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Moisture: Well drained soils, normal watering

  • Plant: Great for center of containers, and specimens

Gardenia Augusta

  • Characteristics: Dark to bright green, opposite leaves on a shrub that can grow 6’-8’ tall. Blooms mid-spring to early summer flowers are white, turning to creamy yellow and have a waxy feel, sweet fragrance

  • Light: Part shade to full sun

  • Moisture: Well drained moist soil, normal watering

  • Plant: Specimen shrub in container

Hibiscus Rosa Sinensis

  • Characteristics: Flowers are glorious and huge up to 6″ in diameter and occur in many colors. Most are flared and have a bell shape single or double, smooth or scalloped. Leaves are large, dark green, and shiny grows up to 15’ tall.

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Moisture: Well drained moist soil, normal watering

  • Plant: Use in containers, bring in over winter

Mandevilla X Amoena

  • Characteristics: Flowers bloom in large round clusters of umbels of blue, white or violet blue. Funnel shaped flowers grow at the end of a thick 2’-4’ tall stem. Blooms late spring to the beginning of autumn.

  • Light: Full sun

  • Moisture: Well drained soils, normal watering

  • Plant: Great for containers, bring indoors over winter

Strobilanthus Dyerianus – Persian Shield

  • Characteristics: Variegated dark green and silvery-metallic purplish-pink leaves on top and all purple underneath, with serrated edges. Soft stems grow 3’-4’ tall.

  • Light: Morning full sun to afternoon partial shade

  • Moisture: Rich well drained moist soil, normal watering

  • Plant: Great in containers and in beds.

Tradescantia Pallida – Purple Heart

  • Characteristics: Sprawling groundcover 3”-5” tall plant with succulent stems and pointed leaves. Surfaces of the leaves are a deep royal purple underside is an even more vivid violet. Three-petaled flowers emerge from curving double bracts at the stem tips. Blooms constantly during warm weather, but the flowers are open only in the morning.

  • Light: Full sun to part shade

  • Moisture: Rich sandy soils, prefers ample water but is drought tolerant

  • Plant: Use in beds, rock gardens and containers