Create your own tropical paradise

Holidays. There’s nothing better than relaxing on a sunbed, surrounded by palm trees with the sun beaming down on you. Whilst tropical weather certainly can’t be guaranteed here in the UK, you can create your own slice of paradise by creating a tropical themed garden. Lush foliage with bright pops of colour and a contemporary feel is what makes a tropical garden so impactful and why people love this gardening style and many tropical plants will quite happily grow in the UK. Keep reading for our top plants for creating your own tropical paradise, whilst not even having to step on to a plane!

Ensete ventricosum Maurelii
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Given an RHS Award of Garden Merit, this fast-growing Ethiopian Black Banana is a real showy plant. Giant waxy paddle-shaped green leaves with dark red flushes grow up to 3 metres in length, giving a real ‘wow’ factor as they tower above. A real must have plant for a tropical and exotic garden.

Dahlia Frigoulet
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Add a dramatic pop of colour in amongst your tropical foliage with this striking Dahlia, guaranteed to capture your attention as soon as you walk by it as the blooms are so eye-catching. Spiky red double blooms with white tips flower in summer which also make excellent cut flowers, lasting up to 10 days in a vase.

Colocasia Esculenta Black Coral
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Another plant great for adding dramatic foliage interest, Colocasia Black Coral has luxurious dark, heart-shaped, glossy leaves. In summer, yellow-green flowers bloom, contrasting with the dark leaves. Also known as Elephant Ears, due to the shape of the leaves, these plants are easy to grow but are absolutely unforgettable. Perfect for growing in containers and borders too.

Tigridia Pavonia 
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Native to Mexico, these Tigridia are so exotic and flamboyant you can almost hear a Mariachi band playing when you see them. Vivid coloured spotted blooms, up to 15cm across, appear during the summer over sword-shaped foliage. The blooms make great flowers so you can enjoy their striking colour in your home too. Plus they're drought tolerant and pest resistant!

Strelitzia Reginae
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This highly prized plant has been given an RHS Award of Garden Merit. Striking and unmistakable orange and purple blooms that look like birds of paradise perched on top of the evergreen banana-like foliage, bloom in summer.

You can find some more tropical style plants on our website such as Hedychium, Trachycarpus, Tetrapanax, Bessera, Sprekelia and Eucomis to name just a few.

Happy Gardening Haylofters!


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