You do not have to live in the tropics to enjoy exotic gardening. Gardening with exotics
is something that can be done just about anywhere and in any climate. Simply grab some containers and begin planting. Pots allow those living in confined spaces or cooler regions to enjoy the same benefits as those having plenty of space or warmer temperatures.Gardening with Grihvaatika:
The exotic garden can be grown strictly indoors or outside on the patio, where plants can be easily lifted and brought indoors once cold temperatures and frost are imminent to wait out the winter. Nearly anything will thrive in a potted environment and the pots also help to control invasive plantings that would otherwise take over the garden. Some good choices include.
- Elephant ears
When creating a tropical garden, an ideal grouping will include trees, shrubs, foliage plants and flowers. One of the key features to gardening with the exotics is using layers of lush-looking plants. So keep in mind that plants are more often grown for their foliage characteristics as compared to their flowers. Begin with the largest plant or a feature, such as a palm tree or a fountain. This not only acts as the garden’s focal point but will also guide you in your plant choices and pots placement.
Next, add some evergreen shrubs and the taller vegetation, such as rhododendron, bamboo and bromeliads. Continue working down in size, adding an array of forms, colors and the textures. Remember to bunch them up as well. You want all the aspects of your exotic oasis to be filled with interest. For instance, think of dramas with bold, blue-green hosta alongside dark-colored ferns and the ‘Black Magic’ elephant ears. Do not overlook the striking foliage color offered by fancy-leaved caladiums and coleus plants.