Tracey Cole

Tracey Cole

Go Tropical in the Garden!

Whether you have a large garden or a small patio you can create a lush, exotic, tropical garden which will provide all year round interest

Even one or two containers planted with carefully chosen plants can achieve dramatic form, colour and texture to a small space. It can be tempting to group together masses of smaller plants, but a more dramatic effect can be achieved by using the larger leaved varieties, especially in a smaller area. 

In medium to larger gardens height, structure and colour will make a big impact, even planting just one large exotic plant in the border will make an amazing focal point to create a tropical mood.

Tropical plants like a free-draining soil and if you have heavy clay soil it can be improved with a good layer of compost and mulch, which will break down to provide all the essential nutrients before planting.

Add bright, colourful foliage plants that will stand out against the predominant green of the larger-leaved tropical varieties. They will bring vibrancy and colour throughout the year to your tropical garden.


Cordyline fruiticosa is a multi -stemmed upright plant with brightly coloured leaves. They can cope with deep shade and sun.

Canna Lily ‘Black knight’ has rich bronze foliage and gorgeous red blooms. It is happy in both dappled sun or shade. Pruning the leaves in Winter will ensure healthy new growth in Spring.

For a really exotic plant the Flamingo Lily, with its large heart-shaped leaves and wax-like flowers, is a stunning addition to a tropical-themed garden.

For bold, dramatic leaves, the Delicious Monster (Monstera deliciosa), is an absolute must-have statement plant to provide a truly tropical feel.

The Croton (Codiaeum variegatum) is a highly ornamental plant with bold green, red, orange and yellow colours, happy to grow in sun or partial shade.


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We at village gardens have a knowledge of all of your local edible plants here in South Africa. We can happily plant up your garden with edibles of all varieties from Mediterranean herbs and local indigenous edibles. We are surrounded by such stunning hardy indigenous plants, let’s get back to nature and have our own garden of local goodness.

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