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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Sumptuous Tropical Flowers - Bougainvillea

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

Sumptuous Tropical Flowers-Anthurium

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')

Sumptuous Tropical Plants-Angel's Trumpet

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

Sumptuous Tropical Plants - Lobster Claw

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

Sumptuous Tropical Plants - Red Ginger

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

Sumptuous Tropical Plants - Mandevilla

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

Sumptuous Tropical Flowers-Plumeria

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

Sumptuous Tropical Plants- Heliconia

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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