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Tropical Shade Garden – If you have a desire to create a lush, jungle-like garden filled with exotic, shade-loving tropical plants, don’t give up on your plans just because it seems impossible. Although your gloomy garden may be thousands of miles away from the tropics, you may still create the illusion of a tropical garden in your yard. Do you want to learn more about how to create a tropical shade garden? Please continue reading.
How to Create a Tropical Shade Garden
The first thing to consider while searching for tropical shadow garden ideas is your temperature and growth zone. For example, even if you live in the Arizona desert, you may create the illusion of a tropical shade garden by using artificial lighting. You will, however, need to do it without a large number of plants that have high water requirements. If you live in the north, a tropical shadow garden should be made up of plants that can withstand cold weather and have a tropical look to match your surroundings.
Do not be scared to use bright colors, since tropical forests are not exactly a relaxing environment. You can grow flowering annuals and perennials in a tropical shade garden, but the best plants have big, bold, brightly colored or variegated leaves that will stand out in a dark place. This is why they are the best plants for a tropical shade garden.
Because jungles are thick, be sure to prepare ahead of time. While certain plants may be susceptible to illness if they are not exposed to sufficient air circulation, building a tropical shadow garden entails planting like a jungle-that is, a large number of plants in a small amount of area.
Garden accents, such as planting pots, are a simple way to add splashes of vibrant color to your garden. Tropical shade garden ideas that make you feel like you’re in a tropical place include rattan furniture, woven mats, stone sculptures, tiki torches, and more, among other things that make you feel like you’re there.
PRO Tips for Creating a Tropical Shade Garden
Make a statement with your shade plants by going big and bold
Many people have the misconception that if you have a shady yard, you can’t have a lot of color in your garden. If you choose the correct plants, you will be able to enjoy brilliant color from spring through October (and even through the winter in mild climates). Container gardening is a simple way to add brightly colored plants into my life.
Container gardening provides the flexibility to relocate containers from one location to another as you see fit. Containers are especially beneficial if you have a large number of large trees since you can just lay the containers on the ground rather than having to dig around the tree’s root system.
The Kong coleus (with its extra-large leaves) and the caladium are two of my favorite easy-care shade plants with amazing foliage, and they are both shown in one planter. Both thrive in a location that provides shade, or partial shade, as well as wet, well-drained soil. There is no need to worry about this combination going out of bloom since their color and interest are derived from their leafy stems. Plants with enormous leaves should be protected from the wind, which may easily rip or shred the plants’ attractive foliage.
Tropical plants may be used to create a dramatic effect
Despite the fact that they are referred to as houseplants, the majority of the plants we cultivate inside also flourish outside in the shade. In fact, when given the opportunity to spend some time outdoors during the summer, they grow quicker and more lush. And, fortunately, it is simple to bring tropical plants indoors before the first cold. Check out our suggestions for preserving your tropical plants.
The Song of India dracaena is a tropical plant that is especially suitable for container gardening. It provides vertical interest, and the gold variegation helps to brighten even the most shady of corners. Caladiums and lavender-purple scaevola are used to make this arrangement look even better.
If you live somewhere where tropical plants thrive in the heat, wait until all risk of frost has gone before planting them or placing pots outdoors.
Make use of time-honored houseplants
If you want something simple, a container garden with vibrant houseplants is excellent, particularly if you live in a heavy shadow. There is a strong probability that a plant that thrives in your living room would perform well outside under a tree, on the north side of a home or garage, or under a canopy (to shade it from the sun) on decks and patios. More information on how to create indoor container gardens may be found here.
This pot combines anthurium and red aglaonema, which are two of the easiest houseplants to maintain. Anthurium blooms throughout the summer, creating one-of-a-kind pink, red, white, orange, or lavender blossoms over glossy, dark-green heart-shaped leaves. Anthurium is native to the Mediterranean region. The dark green leaves of the red aglaonema are wonderfully variegated, with splashes of rich scarlet and lively pink thrown in for good measure.
Choose an anthurium with blooms that complement or contrast with the variegation in the red aglaonema leaves to give the impression of being an expert interior designer.
Pay more attention to textures
Tropical shade plants have a broad range of textures to choose from. Combine several textures to give your containers a more visually appealing appearance. For example, large, bold leaves contrast well with small, delicate foliage. Furthermore, I believe that grasses look great when combined with almost any other plant (in fact, upright grasses even look amazing paired with smaller grasses that have more of an arching or mounding shape).
The snowbush, a tropical plant with tiny oval leaves that are wonderfully variegated in cream, white, and pink, is a lovely companion to a couple of caladium variants in this arrangement. When they work together, the result is spectacular.
Make sure to keep your containers well-watered during the hot months. When plants with white-variegated leaves get very dry, they get brown, crispy margins. These brown, crispy margins are more noticeable on the lighter variegation of the leaves than on the darker.
Allow plants to come in and out on a regular basis
In the late spring of this year, we came upon this amusing container in South Florida. A fantastic illustration of how to arrange your pots such that certain plants start out robust and are gradually replaced by other types as they fade away is shown below. Plant a robust heat-loving summer variety that will quickly consume any cool-loving spring bloomers, or remove spring bloomers and replace them with summer bloomers to let nature take its course.
Song of India dracaena is an upright tropical plant that looks wonderful all year in the subtropics, making it a great choice for a statement plant in a container. It’s teamed with scaevola and ivy geranium in this arrangement. In South Florida, ivy geraniums flourish in the late winter and early spring, but they wither and die in the summer. During the summer, purple scaevola comes to the rescue. It adds a lot of fullness, color, and fragrance.
Fertilize your container gardens on a regular basis to keep them looking beautiful and healthy. General-purpose fertilizer developed specifically for container plants may help keep a variety happy and growing for extended periods of time.
Have a good time with tropical plants
Look for plants that are suitable for your environment, that make you happy, and that match your own preferences. Although I discovered this container and liked the interaction of variegation between the two shade plants (red aglaonema and blue calathea), some of my friends thought it was too basic and uninteresting to keep.
While it’s easy to get bogged down in “the rules,” container gardens in your yard are perfect for you to experiment with. Don’t be concerned about what your neighbors may think of you.
When constructing container gardens, keep the size of the pot in mind. Consider how the size and form of the container, for example, may influence the plants you choose. The color and texture of the container are also important considerations.