Audra Diaz Gardens May 19th 2020, 01:00:00
You don't have to live on a lush island to have a beautiful tropical garden; with careful planning and diligent maintenance, anyone in every climate zone can have their own tropical retreat. Tropical gardening is a rewarding, satisfying, and often hair-pulling adventure that many outdoor plant enthusiasts shy away from. Your problem is the further your local weather is from a tropical climate, the harder it will be to keep. Tropical gardening isn't as difficult as you think; you just need to follow a few rules.
Plan, plan, and plan first and foremost. Yes, planning is the key to success for any gardening theme you want, especially a tropical garden.
The location must be sunny and in a highly visible area. Tropical gardens are always the focal point of your yard due in large part to the plants being used.
Soil till the entire area and remove any debris. Add in some sand and a good deal of compost; you want the soil nutrient-rich. After planting, top off with some bark mulch to help keep in some humidity.
Irrigation decides how you will water as tropical plants require a great deal of moisture on a daily basis. You may want to install soaker hoses under the soil as well as giving your beauties a nice long drink by hand watering. WARNING do not overwater have better than adequate drainage set up.
Layering this goes directly to plant selection. Higher plants in the back, medium sizes in the middle, and smaller shorties upfront or in containers.
Winterizing plants you know will need to come indoors during the winter nay be best planted in pots. Not only will this add depth and dimension to your garden but it will also make winterizing easier.
Once you have the tropical garden area set up, it is time to purchase your plants. Tropical plants are far more unusual looking than many other plants having broad leaves, succulent stalks, and gorgeous flowers. Why not get started with a selection of the following:
Banana trees (get the dwarf variety unless you want huge trees)
Elephant ears (a wide variety of colors and sizes available)
Croton (will need to take indoors during the winter)
Kalanchoe (come in a variety of colors)
Ornamental grasses (Cardinal Lobelia, New Zealand Flax, Miscanthus Cabaret)
Bamboo (Golden Goddess)
Cannas (many colors to choose from)
If your local climate is very cold during the winter months, it will be best to remove many of your tropical plants and bring them indoors; not only will you save their life but you will create a wonderful ambiance for yourself during those dreary days. You will need to do this will all the bulbs as well; constant below freezing temperatures will kill them. Every spring, be sure to turn the soil and add in fresh compost in order to keep your tropical garden nutrient-rich.