Tropical blooms delight the senses and bring a colourful burst of energy to any outdoor space. Gardens that feature tropicals have a lushness and beauty that homeowners can enjoy all summer long, and well into the colder months when they move them inside the home.
The most popular types of tropical plants have rich cultural significance that can bring joy and luck to your home when you choose to plant them in your garden. Some of the most beautiful and meaningful tropical plants are:
- Orchids – Growing in six out of seven continents, orchids are one of the world’s largest type of tropical blooms. Orchids are known for their healing and protective powers. Because they grow around the world, orchids have different meanings in each culture, such as friendship in China and fertility in Greece. In all cultures, orchids are widely regarded as objects of beauty and elegance.
- Bird of Paradise – Native to Indonesia, Papua New Guinea, and Australia, this striking flower makes a bold statement in any garden or floral arrangement. Also known as the Crane flower, the bird of paradise resembles a bird’s beak, hence its name. The bird of paradise boasts regal meanings such as magnificence, success, joy, and optimism, making it a perfect planting for good luck or an ideal choice for a celebratory arrangement.
- Anthurium – This tropical American flower is recognized for its dramatic appearance, waxy flowers, and unique heart shape. The anthurium is a good luck flower that symbolizes protection against evil and anticipation of good fortune.
- Amaryllis – The amaryllis, a stunning red flower, represents radiance, pride, and determination. Native to South America, South Africa, and the Caribbean, these tropical flowers are a popular holiday bloom in North America and are often given as gifts to friends and family to celebrate the Christmas season.
- Hibiscus – Hibiscus flowers grow throughout warm and humid areas around the world and are a quintessential tropical flower. Hibiscus represent femininity, youth, fertility, and delicate beauty so they are often given as gifts to women. Popular in Hawaii, the hibiscus flower is used in popular cultural imagery and reference to Hawaiian culture.
- Peace Lily– This fragrant and delicate flower is characterized by its simplicity. As a native Hawaiian flower with hardy petals, plumeria flowers are used in making leis, and are commonly known as the Lei flower. The plumeria symbolizes positivity and celebration. In Hawaiian culture this flower also indicates the marital status of the person wearing it – worn behind the right ear means that the wearer is available while the left ear means they are taken.
- Citrus Trees – Native to the Mediterranean, South Africa, and Australia, citrus trees are a vibrant addition to any tropical landscape. Characterized by deep green, waxy leaves and brightly colored fruit, citrus trees stand for purity, healing, and cleansing. The freshness of lemon, orange, or lime is ideal during times where purification and starting anew are important. Citrus trees make wonderful gifts to welcome a new home.
Tropical plants add visual interest, beauty, and meaningful symbolism to any garden. Often grown in containers rather than planted in the ground, they are easily transferred inside the home after the summer season comes to an end. Visit TERRA Greenhouses to view our selection of stunning tropicals, learn how to incorporate them into your garden, and see the many varieties of tropical flowering plants described here as well as citrus trees, palm trees, African violets, and many more.