CREATE A TROPICAL GARDEN

ALMOST ANYWHERE


A TROPICAL GARDEN

CAN BE YOURS

Tropical gardens engender a special mood. You can’t help but relax, slow down, and look around while appreciating the beauty of nature. The breeze caresses a palm frond, while carrying the scents of gardenia and jasmine. The accent of an orchid overhead on a tree branch, and some uniquely colorful foliage attract our attention. Such sensory delights affect us in profound and positive ways.

GardenWhen creating a garden in the tropics you may have more variety of plants to choose from, but you can create that tropical garden look and feel in the cooler temperate climates as well. With the right palms, tree ferns, and companion plants – along with some tiki torches, a water feature, the appropriate garden art and hardscaping – and you can enjoy that relaxing ambience of your last tropical vacation year round, in many climates.

So, whether you live in or out of the tropics, you can use this site to discover what exotic tropical (or tropical looking) plants you can grow in your climate. Every climate and location presents a different challenge. And every plant has its own cultural requirements. So knowing and sharing our growing experiences will help you and others to create that special tropical garden almost anywhere.


LEARN HOW

 

TIP OF THE MONTH

Death and Injury in the Garden - Safety First

Death and Injury in the Garden - Safety First
Unfortunately the last thing many of us thing about as we head out to work in our gardens is that we may suffer a serious injury or even death. The day is sunny and not too warm. The ground is still moist from last night’s rain. The last thing on<Read More>

RECENT – TROPICAL TOPICS – GUEST COLUMN

Cool Season Means Change For Hawaiian Gardens

Cool Season Means Change For Hawaiian Gardens

In West Hawaii, the fall weather brings on the dry season. In fact from October 2016 to April 2017, we almost no rain. This fall appears to be another dry start so keep in mind the importance of sufficient irrigation<Read More>
Brighten Fall Gardening With Flowering Plants And Trees

Brighten Fall Gardening With Flowering Plants And Trees

Temperatures remain very warm but things are about to change. Fall has officially arrived in the northern hemisphere since the sun has moved south of the equator.<Read More>
Vegatables and Annual Flowers Make Good Mates

Vegatables and Annual Flowers Make Good Mates

September is just around the corner so it is time to think about our cool season gardening. Also, high food costs are everyone's headache these days.<Read More>
What Is Permaculture?

What Is Permaculture?

Many folks look back and long for the “good old days” but looking back to the plantations days of the 20th century in Hawaii, it wasn’t that great for many.<Read More>
Spice And Herb Gardening For Flavor

Spice And Herb Gardening For Flavor

Hawaii could be called the Spice Island considering that the spices and herbs of the East Indies and the Mediterranean are also easily grown here.<Read More>
Warm Wet Weather Ideal For Disease

Warm Wet Weather Ideal For Disease

According to University of Hawaii plant pathologists, once an ornamental plant becomes badly diseased, it is difficult to nurse it back to health.<Read More>
KONA CLOUD FOREST SANCTUARY Hosts Hawaii Bamboo Society

KONA CLOUD FOREST SANCTUARY Hosts Hawaii Bamboo Society

Over a hundred species of bamboo have been planted at the Sanctuary to test their adaptability. Even though most species are at their best in sunnier and wetter locations like East Hawaii, many high elevation species are doing quite well<Read More>
Borneo's Tropical Vireya Rhododendrons Thrive In Hawaii

Borneo's Tropical Vireya Rhododendrons Thrive In Hawaii

Borneo is well known for its spectacular rainforests loaded with many species of palms and carnivorous Nepenthes Pitcher Plants, but it is easy to miss the tropical Vireya Rhododendrons growing as epiphytes high in the tops of gigantic trees.<Read More>

[More “Tropical Topics”]

FEATURED RESOURCES

Tropiscape Rare Plant Auctions

Tropiscape Rare Plant Auctions

CHECK IT OUT - COMING SOON - A free Hi-Tech auction feature allowing you to offer and/or bid on rare plants or anything else garden related. For connoisseur collectors and newbies alike. Register (top right) to bid or check "Apply to become a Vendor" while registering to auction off your<Read More>
Palmpedia - Palms of the World

Palmpedia - Palms of the World

Over 2500 species and 100,000 photos of palms found throughout the world. Detailed information about the fascinating family of Arecaceae.<Read More>
Palms for California

Palms for California

A comprehensive listing of palms with possibilities of growing in California. Complete with detailed cultural information and photos. Compiled after a lifetime of study by Geoff Stein.<Read More>
Tropiscape Forum

Tropiscape Forum

A forum to discuss anything related to tropical gardening. A place to meet and mingle with others who share the same interests.<Read More>
Croton Encyclopedia

Croton Encyclopedia

Hundreds of croton cultivars - named, itemized, and with photos to help with your identification. The most comprehensive croton reference on the web.<Read More>

RECENT TROPISCAPE ARTICLES

Your Soil Is Keeping Secrets

Your Soil Is Keeping Secrets

It hasn’t rained in weeks. It is hot and your soil is getting really dry. So you turn on your sprinklers for a half hour. Do you have any idea how far down it has wet your soil?<Read More>
HD VIDEO - How To Hybridize Tropical Hibiscus

HD VIDEO - How To Hybridize Tropical Hibiscus

Each exotic cross that you make has the potential for a new incredible Tropical Hibiscus. Learn how in this easily understood HD Video. These exceptional flowers can be grown in many of the marginal climates. So they are well worth<Read More>
"Pot-Layering" - Difficult Propagation Made Easy

"Pot-Layering" - Difficult Propagation Made Easy

Air layering on steroids. A novel customization of the age old technique for added success with those hard to air layer plants.<Read More>
Top Ten Ways to Kill a Palm

Top Ten Ways to Kill a Palm

Tongue in cheek article for novice growers to help avoid killing more palms than you have to. And there are more than ten. But avoid these and you will avoid a lot of grief as well.<Read More>
How to Plant a Palm

How to Plant a Palm

A brief primer on a proven method of making sure that new large palm gets off to a good start in the ground in your garden. Avoid an initial mistake that you could have you paying dearly in time and<Read More>
Epiphytes Scream Tropical

Epiphytes Scream Tropical

Epiphytes epitomize the tropics. They are easy, intriguing, and versatile, and can be grown effectively in the smallest garden or patio. But watch out, they are also addictive.<Read More>
Garden of Dr. Mardy Darian

Garden of Dr. Mardy Darian

Proof that you can transform a dry barren rocky mountain top into a lush tropical type garden. All you need is the will, knowledge, and the gift of time.<Read More>
Tribute to Dr. Mardy Darian - A Plant Pioneer

Tribute to Dr. Mardy Darian - A Plant Pioneer

Before his recent passing, the closest thing to a living legend the palm/plant world had to offer was Dr. Mardy Darian. If you’ve been involved with palms or exotic plants for any length of time, you have probably heard the<Read More>
"Marking the Spear" - Is your palm alive?

"Marking the Spear" - Is your palm alive?

Recognizing when a palm tree is sick and dying, or just having a hard time, can be more difficult than you think. Because some palms are slow growers, especially in marginal climates, a palm may appear to be suspended in<Read More>
Coco Palms Up North???

Coco Palms Up North???

The Coco Palm has entranced many with its graceful beauty and prolific elegance in the tropics. But only true tropical gardens could have one, until now...<Read More>

IN MEMORY OF A TROPICAL GARDENER

Tribute to Dr. Mardy Darian - A Plant Pioneer

Tribute to Dr. Mardy Darian - A Plant Pioneer

Before his recent passing, the closest thing to a living legend the palm/plant world had to offer was Dr. Mardy Darian. If you’ve been involved with palms or exotic plants for any length of time, you have probably heard the name.<Read More>
Garden of Dr. Mardy Darian

Garden of Dr. Mardy Darian

Proof that you can transform a dry barren rocky mountain top into a lush tropical type garden. All you need is the will, knowledge, and the gift of time.<Read More>

 

RECENT SLIDESHOWS

Floribunda Palm's Slideshow Page

Floribunda Palm's Slideshow Page

Join Jeff Marcus of Floribunda Palms on one of several "walk-arounds" in his one of a kind botanical Noah's Ark of some of the rarest and largest of specimen palms in the world. Guaranteed you will enjoy the educational<Read More>
Andersen Aroids

Andersen Aroids

A short slideshow with music of many exotic aroids from the Hawaiian garden of Jerry Andersen on the Big Island. Photos of some rare aroids you have probably not seen elsewhere.<Read More>
La Paz Waterfalls, Costa Rica

La Paz Waterfalls, Costa Rica

Presentation to the Kona Outdoor Circle by Don Ashley about a field trip to the La Paz Waterfall Gardens during the International Palm Society Biennial in Costa Rica.<Read More>

24,193 views

Please Consider Subscribing For The Occasional Update, Newletter, or Special Offer

Please Consider Subscribing For The Occasional Update, Newletter, or Special Offer

Things are jumping at Tropiscape. Don't miss out.

Thank You! You are now subscribed.

Pin It on Pinterest

Share This