Tropical plants are famed for their exquisite and sometimes mystifying beauty. Many tropical plants are quite suitable for growing in home gardens in warmer climates and indoors in virtually every climate. With full green foliage, bright colors, and exotic looks, tropical plants are a wonderful addition to any home. Below is a brief introduction to several popular tropical plants that you can grow at home.
The Hibiscus genus of ornamental shrubs is known for producing strikingly beautiful, elegant blooms. Numerous varieties are available for both outdoor and indoor cultivation. The Chinese Hibiscus (H. rosa-sinensis) is wonderful for potting or placement in a summer flowerbed. The Hardy Hibiscus (H. moscheutos) is quite cold hardy and can survive the winter outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 10. Whether indoors or out, the Hibiscus requires a least four or five hours of full sun each day during the growing season
The Dracaena Sanderiana, also known as Lucky Bamboo, is a tropical African plant that resembles a miniature bamboo plant. It features a thick, straight cane from which slender ribbon-leaves emerge. The canes can be trained over time to take virtually any shape. The Dracaena Sanderiana is a fantastic ornamental tropical plant for indoor growth as it does not require direct sunlight and can be maintained indoors for years.
The Esperanza (Tecoma stans), or Yellow Elder, produces waxy green foliage and large, bright yellow flower clusters through the second half of the summer. It makes an excellent addition to warm weather outdoor gardens and is also suited to container growing. If potted, it should be placed outdoors as its flowering coincides with the hot mid-summer temperatures.
The Orchid family includes some 20,000 species of exotic, often ethereal flowering plants, many of which are quite suitable for growing at home. Though some varieties are better left to the experts, many beautiful orchids can be potted and kept inside without significant maintenance requirements. Note that blooming seasons vary widely among the different species. Indeed, collectors often maintain a group of plants that, in concert, can provide unending blooms throughout the year.