Sumptuous Tropical Flowers

The exotic flowers and lush foliage of these beautiful plants can add drama to your garden in the growing season.
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Bougainvillea. A vigorous tropical vine that adds vivid color to the garden. Paperlike bracts in red, orange, yellow, pink, purple or white envelope tiny white flowers. Provide well-drained soil and at least 6 hours of full sun. Thorny plant: wear heavy gloves to prune. Avoid overfertilizing; apply a low-nitrogen fertilizer in spring, midsummer and early fall. Bloom is best when the soil is slightly dry; water only to avoid wilting. USDA Hardiness Zone: 9 to 11

Anthurium. The heart-shaped "flower" is a waxy leaf that comes in white, pink, purple, orange, red and even bi-colored; tiny true flowers form in the "tail." Avoid direct sunlight and plant in a highly organic soil with good drainage. USDA Hardiness Zones: 11 to 12 (Pictured: 'Pink Frost')

Angel's trumpet. Huge pendulous flowers on stalks up to 15 feet tall give any garden a tropical look. Available in a range of pastel colors. Plant in full sun in moist, rich, well-drained soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11

Lobster claw. A fast-growing herbaceous perennial with stalks reaching 7 feet tall. Scarlet and yellow bracts emerge on second-year stalks. Plant in bright shade with moist, well-drained soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 10B to 11

Red ginger. This clump-forming ginger produces fragrant blooms that attract butterflies, bees and hummingbirds. Give this plant light shade. USDA Hardiness Zones: 10B to 11

Mandevilla. This popular twining vine is laden with blooms from late spring to frost. Varieties include pink, yellow, white and dark red. Plant in full sun in well-draining soil. Deciduous or evergreen, depending on species. USDA Hardiness Zones: 8B to 11

Plumeria. A tropical tree whose flowers are used for Hawaiian leis. The fragrant petals are available in pink, red, white, yellow and multiple colors. Plant in a location that receives at least 6 hours of full sun in well-draining soil. Plumeria doesn't tolerate wet soils. USDA Hardiness Zones: 10B to 11

False bird-of-paradise. Hummingbirds are drawn to the small flowers contained within the flowering bracts of red, orange, yellow or pink. Plant in well-drained, rich soil. Provide plenty of water and regular feeding. USDA Hardiness Zones: 10B to 11

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