Plants for a lush looking tropical garden are available for sale online, with both native tropical’s and a wide range of exotic plants from around the world for both the home gardener and landscaper.
Many tropical plants are hardy and thrive in less than ideal conditions with some doing well in cool to temperate climates given a little care and a suitable micro climate.
Most specialist nurseries will sell plants by mail order, some are available bare rooted, others as potted specimens. One of the main issues is acclimatizing plants to new conditions, good nurseries will provide some instructions on re establishing plants.
We are great believers in the use of seaweed fertilisers and worm castings when transplanting any plants and tropical plants are no exception.
Frangipani (picture above) are one of the classical tropical flowering plants
Cool climate banana trees can be great foliage plants. Many different plants suitable for these environments can be purchased our listed specialist nurseries
Tropical Plants in Cool Climates
The trick to growing tropical plants in cooler climates is make sure that drainage is excellent. Tropical plants can generally cope with the cold, they do not however like cold and wet at the same time, and they do not like frosts.
So with any ensure that your potting mix is open and free draining, add some pine bark to ensure this, even on mixes labeled as free draining.
Cold sensitive plants need a little extra care to survive winter. You can prepare Tropical plants for winters in cooler areas than they would naturally grow using a number of methods ;
Preparing plants for colder weather.
- Move plants under cover.
- Move plants indoors.
- Install a polythene solar weave igloo.
- Move cold sensitive plants to the warmest most protected position in the garden. Protect from cold winds and in a sunny position.
- You can apply fertiliser at this time of the year. The slow release types come as 3 or 6 month release.
- Vermicast contains lots of beneficial microbes, spray it on this helps protect the foliage and the roots from the colder months.
- You can use frost protective products such as floraguard.
Choosing the right plants
Before considering buying tropical plants in is essential to evaluate the climate and position. Some plants will grow well in cooler climates, others will not.
Some can cope with an artificial micro climate, a warm sunny position protected from cold winds and frosts with a little added humidity, other plants will simply not survive.
Tropical Trees and Larger Shrubs
The backbone of any garden is always the larger trees and plants and in a tropical garden this is no different, trees and shrubs suitable for this sort of climate include : Palm Trees, Cycads, Delonix Regia (Royal Poinciana), Dracaena Draco, Medinilla, Hibiscus, Bauhina Purpurea (Orchid Tree), Annona Cherimola ‘Cherimoya’ (Custard Apple), Tipu Tipuana, Cassia Javanica,
Lower Growing Tropicals and foliage plants
All gardens require plants for under planting, beneath the large structural trees and shrubs, those suitable to create a tropical look include:
Acalypha, Alpinia, Bougainvillea, Coleos, Coloccasia, Cordylines, Caladiums, Calatheas, Clivia, Croton, Cyathea Cooperi, Calotropis Gigantea, Frangipani, Gardenia, Heliconias, Hibiscus, Impatiens, Iresine, Ixora, Fagraea Berteriana or ‘Perfume Flower Tree’, Caesalpiniodae ‘Candle Bush’, Microsorium Scolopendria Plypodium, Philodendron, Liriope, Mandevilla, Musa, Pachystachys lutea Sanchezia Speciosa, Tibouchina Urvilleana, Zingiber
Tropical plants are readily available to buy online in Australia from leading tropical plants nurseries listed below.
As for lists of tropical plants, it is almost impossible to provide a comprehensive list of what is available, however some of the most popular species include :
- Palms Trees
- Tropical orchids
- Bat Plants
- Water Lilies
Tropical Plants are available for sale online from the following participating nurseries.
PO BOX 150 El Arish Qld 4855
Largest online selection of tropical exotic plants in Australia. Heliconias, gingers, cordylines and brugmansias. Retail center open by appointment only.
Healthy, 100% Organic garden plants. Buy online, direct from grower. 100% satisfaction guarantee. Flat-rate postage QLD NSW VIC ACT SA & NT. Huge range of tropical & rare plants, fruit & edibles, trees, flowers, foliage & more.
FEELNSEEDY – PH: 0409049209
158 Kings Road Glass House Mountains Qld 4518
Tropical plant specialist featuring large variety of gingers, costus, heliconias, tropical grasses, frangipanis.
PARADISE DISTRIBUTORS – 07 5441 5921
JULATTEN TROPICAL GARDENS – PH: 07 40941207 fax: 07 40941610
22 Meadow Road Julatten Qld 4871
Tropical plants & foliage, primarily heliconias & gingers. Cut flowers on request to all states except Tasmania.