The Q&A Archives: plant selection

Question: What tropical plants can I use where there is morning shade and all afternoon sun....

Answer: Some tropical looking plants for afternoon sunshine in your gardening region include:
Brillantaisia nitens Tropical Giant Sage - Large evergreen perennial/subshrub to 4-6' tall will large dark green lvs and hooded violet flwrs summer-fall. Light shade. Regular H2O. Hardy to 30F.

Kniphofia thomsonii Alpine Poker - Perennial w/ tubular apricot flwrs on 4' stalks w/ gray-green leaves. Summer bloom. Frost hardy. Full sun/light shade. Grows in wet or dry conditions.

Sansevieria kirkii var. pulchra Rippled, dark green leaves, smudged with light green form clump up to 4 ft. tall. Sun, but will tolerate low light. Excellent in containers. 30-32 F

Sansevieria masoniana Mason's Congo - Dark green leaves with light green spots growing up to 3-5 ft. tall. Excellent houseplant. Prefers bright position, but will tolerate shade. 30-32 F

Sansevieria parva Kenya Hyacinth - Rosette forming succulent with narrow leaves to 16" tall. Light to deep shade. Cold hardy to 25-30 F. Irrigate sparingly from fall to spring.

Senecio amaniensis Succulent shrub to 2-4' tall with red marked pale green leaves & orange flowers. Plant in full sun. Occasional to Infrequent irrigation. Hardy to 25F.

Spathodea campanulata African Tulip Tree - Evergreen tropical tree to 25-40' tall with orange-red flowers September to October. Full sun. Moderate water needs. 25-30 degrees F.

Synadenium grantii 'Rubra' African Milk Bush - Semi-evergreen shrub to 6-15' x 4-8' w/thick red/ green foliage - rarely flowers. Full sun. Low water needs. 25-30 degrees F.

Thunbergia alata Black-eyed Susan - Vine to 6-8' tall w/orange flowers w/purple throats fall-spring. Sun/Part shade. Regular watering. Hardy to 30-32F - used as annual in cold areas

Alocasia macrorrhizos Upright Giant Taro - Evergreen perennial to 5-7' tall by 4' wide w/white calla-like flower. Light shade. Medium -high water needs. Evergreen to 30F - root hardy to 10.

Callisia fragrans Basket Plant - Low growing perennial with long green and maroon lvs. Plant in part sun (more maroon) to full shade. Water regularly. Hardy to 30-32 F.

Colocasia esculenta 'Black Magic' Black Taro - Dusty charcoal, black leaves on dark burgundy stems. Excellent for the tropical, aquatic garden. Sun or part shade. 5 ft. tall. Root hardy to 0 F

Colocasia esculenta 'Fontanesii' Black Taro - Aquatic perennial 4-6' tall w/black petioled dark green lvs. Full (coastal) to part sun. Saturated soil to 12" deep in water. Hardy to 30-32F.

Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' Red Banana - Tropical banana. Large red foliage plant. 20' tall by 15' wide. Full sun/Light shade. Regular water. 20-25 degrees F.

Hedychium coronarium White Ginger - Perennial to 6'x4' with fragrant white flowers in summer-fall. Light shade. Regular watering. Root hardy to 10 degrees F.

Hedychium 'Elizabeth' Herbaceous perennial ginger reaching 6-8' tall in large clumps. Raspberry color flowers emerge late summer/fall. Regular water.Cold hardy to 15-20 F.

Hedychium gardnerianum Kahili Ginger - Perennial to 8' tall with yellow flowers with red stamens in summer-fall. Light shade. Regular water. Root hardy to 15-20 degrees F.

Hedychium gardnerianum 'Tara' Tara Ginger - Vigorous hardy ginger growing to 6-8' tall with fragrant orange red flowers. Full sun/light shade. Water regularly. Root hardy to 15-20 degrees F.

Hedychium greenei Red Ginger - Perennial. Red undersides of leaves and Orange-red flowers in summer-fall. Light shade. Regular watering. Root hardy to 10 degrees F

Hope this list gives you some great ideas for your tropical garden!

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