A tropical garden features tropical plants and requires good rainfall or a decent irrigation or sprinkler system for watering. These gardens typically need fertilizer and heavy mulching.
Tropical gardens are no longer exclusive to tropical areas. Many gardeners in colder climates are adopting the tropical garden design, which is possible through careful choice of plants and flowers. Main features include plants with very large leaves, vegetation that builds in height towards the back of the garden, creating a dense garden. Large plants and small trees hang over the garden, leaving sunlight to hit the ground directly.
A tropical garden is one of the most difficult gardens to build, or maintain, it becomes more difficult the more your local climate differs from the natural habitat
of your plants. Key to a healthy tropical garden are lots of light and lots of water. The large leaves that feature in tropical plants require the soil to be humid at all times, so irrigation
might be a must-have for some gardens. Over-watering can kill your plants as well, as it will cause the roots to rot.
If you find a tropical plant that will not survive the colder seasons in your garden, you may consider taking the plant in your house, and returning it to the garden during the summer months.
Tropical plants that work well in non-tropical climates include;
There are a number of attractions that feature a tropical garden including;
- Alma Park Zoo - Kuranda, Queensland, Australia
- Cedarvale Botanic Garden and Restaurant - Davis, Oklahoma, USA
- Colasanti's Tropical Gardens Kingsville, Ontario, Canada
- Kuranda Scenic Railway - Dakabin, Queensland, Australia
- Reiman Gardens -Ames, Iowa, USA