Tropical Garden Design: Planning Your Exotic Retreat
Dramatic structure and vibrant colors are the foundation for
tropical garden design.
The desired outcome of a successful design is creating a space that is
both sustainable and visually striking.
With proper planning, planting, and care, you will create a tropical
garden paradise to enjoy at your leisure.
Choosing a Tropical Garden
The first step in creating your tropical garden design is to choose an
ideal location. Tropicals thrive in warmth, humidity, and sunny
conditions. Keep this in mind while you contemplate possible garden
sites. For optimal results, consider the following factors:
Sunlight requirements differ among species. On the flip side, some
species require a fair amount of shade for optimal growth.
– Soil containing sand drains very fast, while soil full of clay drains
slowly. If you test the soil prior to planting, you can identify and
– Do you have a sprinkler system, or will you be watering the garden
using a hose?
– Ideal pH is in the range of 6.5 to 7.2. Soil test kits can be
purchased from garden centers or online. If test results determine pH
levels need to be adjusted, sulfur will reduce acid, and lime will
reduce alkaline. Retest soil in two weeks to determine if further
adjustments are required.
Principles of Garden
The elements of design determine how a space is perceived. Rely on
these artistic principles throughout your tropical garden planning
Creates a sense of direction as well as a sense of movement.
aid in dividing and defining spaces in you garden.
Adds drama and interest, as well as evokes emotional responses.
Changes the way colors look and how they work together.
relationship of one object to another.
The duplication of shapes in order.
Achieved when the elements on each side of a real or imaginary axis are
Emphasizes the difference between a plant or an object and its
powerful tool that can be used to accomplish varying effects.
harmonious blending of elements for a well balanced tropical garden
Tropical Garden Plants for
Your Garden Design
Layering tropicals, including trees, shrubs, flowers and ornamental
grasses will duplicate an island paradise.
Provide background and add shade to your garden. Also serve as
support and framework to overall tropical garden design.
Shrubs can also be used to create privacy.
Provide color, scent, and visual dimension.
– Creates visual interest by adding texture to you
design. Grasses also add color when flowers are not blooming.
Cold Climate Solutions
You can create a design for colder climates by using the following
- Plant tropical look-a-likes.
- Overwinter plants by bringing them indoors for the winter.
- Plant hardier tropical plants.
- Try new hardy tropical cultivars as they become available.
Gardening and Garden Design Information
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