Tropical Landscaping In A Non-Tropical Area

Posted on: 23 February 2015

You can have a tropical look to your yard even if you live in an area with a seasonal climate. You just need to pick the correct type of plants. There are hardy versions of many plants that are associated with tropical regions. Some of these plants can survive in a dormant state even in winter, while some need to remain potted and taken inside when winter approaches.

Which plants can give your yard a tropical look?

Plants that will give your yard a tropical look include: 

  • Bamboo

A most versatile plant, bamboo can be grown just about anywhere. It can be used in place of fencing, as a wind barrier, or to give your home a tropical Asian look. However, bamboo is incredibly invasive, and it can spread very quickly, quickly engulfing any area with thick thatches of fifteen foot high bamboo stalks.

Luckily, there are non-invasive varieties of bamboo that won't spread beyond a single bush-type plant. However, these non-invasive varieties may require a few years of growth before reaching their full size. If you want instant bamboo gratification, there are ways to keep fast-growing invasive species in check. Their root sustems are not very deep, only about two inches below the ground. Placing a barrier such as garden edging about six inches into the ground around your bamboo will stop it from turning your yard (and your neighbors' yards) into a bamboo forest.

  • Water lilies

Hardy species of water lilies are specially designed to survive in a dormant state in the cold of winter. Whether in an inground pond or an above ground container, water lilies will add a touch of tHe tropics to your yard. Water lilies will multiply on their own and produce large lily pad leaves that will cover the surface of the water. The flowers themselves are exotic and beautiful. You may wish to add other water plants or fish such as koi that eat mosquito larvae in your pond.

  • Orchids

Although orchids cannot survive sub-freezing temperatures, they can be left outside for most of the year in hanging or stationary planters. They do not like direct sunlight, but need indirect light, an airy, open environment, and humidity to thrive. They should not be overwatered, but should be sprayed frequently. Orchids come in so many intricate designs and exotic colors that even a few added to your porch or yard will bring visions of a tropical paradise.

For more information, or if you would like professional assistance, contact SWF Construction, LLC or a similar company.