Types of Summer Tropical Flowers

You don't have to take a vacation to the tropics to enjoy brightly colored blooms and lush, bright green foliage. In fact, there are a wide range of tropical flowers you can grow to create your very own jungly oasis to the garden. Fill the space with sun and water-loving flowers. Use different colors, textures, shapes and heights to create your very own summer-blooming tropical flower garden.


Canna flowers are summer blooming flowers with bold colors and lush foliage. Canna flowers have an upright form with bright green broad leaves that grow as wide as 6 inches. Topped with striking blooms, canna flowers are grown in a wide range of colors including, red, yellow, pink, orange, salmon and bicolored. Canna flowers grow between 4 and 6 feet tall and are ideal planted in a tropical garden or lining a front flower bed. Canna flowers prefer full sun, well-drained soils and high moisture. These hardy bloomers should be spaces 9 to 15 inches apart to allow for maximum growth. Canna flowers are also drought tolerant and can withstand poor soil conditions making this tropical beauty very versatile. The USDA Plant Hardiness zones are 3 to 11.

Tropical Hibiscus

Tropical hibiscus is a summer blooming perennial flower that creates tropical flair to the garden. Tropical hibiscus plants are tall, upright flowers that grow up to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide, creating a brilliant addition to the landscape. The bright green, glossy leaves are large and contrast with the bright blooms. Tropical hibiscus blooms are large and grow 4 to 8 inches wide, creating a commanding presence to the landscape. The flowers are single or double in form and grown in a wide range of colors including red, pink, yellow, orange and apricot. Hibiscus flowers require full sun and well-drained, moist soils. The USDA zones are 5 to 9.


This brilliant summer blooming tropical annual has a clustered form and upright shape. Cockscomb grows 12 to 36 inches tall and require a spacing of 10 to12 inches. The flowers on the cockscomb are woolly, soft and grown in yellow and crimson colors. The narrow, oval-shaped leaves are bright green. These tropical blooms look lovely planted in clusters along a front flower bed or nestled within a container for a bright burst of color. Cockscomb requires full sun to thrive and has a moderate drought tolerance, ideal for growing in arid, hot climates.

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