Friday, January 16, 2015

3 Bright Tropical Blooms for the Garden

Tropical flowers are known for their vivid hues, verdant foliage, exotic looks, and overall vivacity. Given the Philippines’ hot and humid weather, these specimens prove fairly easy to grow and maintain. Turn your garden into a bright riot of color with these three favorites:

Angel's Trumpet
This drooping, fragrant flower comes in a variety of colors. Pick yellow for a bright, eye-popping display; white for classic elegance; pink for a soft, pastel touch; blue for an air of mystery and exotic flavor. Given their strong, sweet smell -- most evident at night, thanks to nocturnal pollinators -- angel's trumpets are perfect for the patio, or near the doorway, or an outdoor sitting area. Plant in moist soil under bright, indirect sunlight.

Canna
The Canna is a head-turner with its vivid red, orange, or yellow blooms. Some varieties have large, wide leaves sporting stripes of yellow and green. They grow from two to seven feet high, and, as such, are perfect for adding vertical elements in your garden. They're hardy plants, too: they're easy to grow, and they can survive under minimal care. Plant in moist soil under direct sunlight.

Hibiscus
Known in the Philippines as the "gumamela," the hibiscus is popular in many gardens. It's large and leafy, allowing for some mass in landscaping, and its flowers can grow more than six inches in size. They come in dramatic shades of red, orange, yellow, pink, blue, and white. Plant in rich, loose, and well-drained soil under lots of sun.



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