Tropical Plant Varieties

Fill your garden with tropical plant varieties of varying shapes, sizes and colors to create a jungle-like feel in your landscape. Tropical flower varieties are often found in bold, fiery colors like orange, red and yellow. Complement the tropical flowers with lush, vibrant green plants to create a harmonious and unified garden.

Canna Lily

Canna lily (Canna x generalis) is a perennial flower with a rapid growth rate and exotic, tropical foliage. Emerging in summer, canna lilies last to frost creating a long-lasting tropical flower variety. Growing 24 to 48 inches tall, canna lilies have bright flowerheads that create a showy garden display. Canna lily flowers grow in a wide range of colors including, red, orange, yellow and pink, with some variegated cannas containing a swirl of colors. The large, lance-shaped leaves of canna lilies are gray to green and grow in upright clumps. Canna lilies are ideal plants to grow in the back of a flowerbed or within a large container to create a focal point. Canna lilies require full sun and fertile, moist soil. The USDA hardiness zones for planting are 8 to 10.

Frydek Elephant's Ear

Frydek elephant's ear is a tropical perennial with a moderate growth rate and clumping habit. Growing 1 to 3 feet tall, Frydek elephant's ear has deep green to black leaves with glowing white veins. The arrow-shaped leaves are 18 inches long and sit atop the pale stalks. Versatile, Frydek elephant's ear tolerates a wide range of growing conditions including heavy clay soils, high heat and humidity and a range of soil pH levels. Tucked along a shaded area of the garden, Frydek elephant's ear is a striking tropical plant. Frydek elephant's ear requires part shade and well-drained, moist and nutrient-rich soils to thrive. The zones for planting are 9 to 11.

Red Hibiscus

Red hibiscus (Hibiscus coccineus) is a perennial flower with large foliage and flowers. Growing 6 to 8 feet tall, red hibiscus have 6 inch wide flowerheads that are deep red. Red hibiscus flowers emerge in mid summer and last through the season. Tucked along the back of a tropical bed, red hibiscus creates a commanding landscape presence. Red hibiscus flowers require full sun and moist soils to thrive. The zones for planting are 5 to 9.

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