Interesting Things To Learn Before You Plant a Tropical Garden in Hollywood
Want to learn some quick facts about Hollywood, Florida? It is located to the North of Fort Lauderdale and to the south of Pembrokes Pines. The city was founded in 1925 by Joseph Young and has 60 parks in it. One of these parks is Topeekeegee Yugnee Park or in short T.Y Park. Yeah, that’s quite a mouthful of a name, but it just refers to a gathering place. The park is a perfect example of an ideal plant heaven in a tropical climate area.
But have you ever thought about where tropical landscaping began and if tropical plants can survive the winter? Then this post is for you.
What is the history of landscaping?
It is always fascinating seeing a garden sprout with plants that would otherwise not be seen as native plants. The Europeans had this fascination and they attempted to bring tropical plants into their gardens and museums. But the plants would always die at sea. This led to the invention of greenhouses as they sought to transport tropical plants to their land.
There has long been a fascination with the aesthetic of a tropical garden in Europe. Partly this is due to a romanticizing of the concept of Eden, and other idyllic locations from literature such as Shangri-la or the Avalon of King Arthur. But it’s also a result of centuries of exploration tied to European colonialism, and there’s a long tradition of portraying Europeans in tropical locations in novels and films, such as Evelyn Waugh’s “A Handful of Dust.” Interest in tropical plants led to efforts by collectors and travelers to bring specimens back to Europe for study, and this eventually encouraged the creation of horticultural collections in museums and botanical gardens where such plants can be enjoyed by visitors. Read more from The Spruce…
Where can I do tropical landscaping?
From the first point discussed above, you have seen that transplanting is possible even in locations that have different weather conditions. So yes, tropical plants can be planted anywhere. As long they get the necessary care that they need, the plants will thrive.
Whether or not you live in a tropical climate, the tropical garden style is definitely a desired look for many home owners. While warm, moist climates are the best for tropical gardens, it is possible to create the look in virtually any climate.
Materials like treated mulch and natural colored wood chips, crushed stones or gravel, smooth pebbles and simple dirt pathways are common in this garden style. For accessories, try furniture and lighting with an island flair. Colorful planters and interesting pottery can liven up your space. And, speaking of space — if you have it — why not add a waterfall or a pond with brightly colored fish?
Plants with very large leaves and vegetation that builds in height towards the back of the garden create the dense look of a tropical style garden. Plants will usually have jungle-like features Read more from Pretty Purple Door…
Can tropical plants survive winter?
Most tropical plants tend to be annual plants, meaning that they die after one year. But others can survive all through and blossom during all seasons of the year. An example is the Japanese fiber banana. This plant has been known to come back from -20 degrees.
During the cold, most plants usually shed all their leaves, only for them to grow back when the fairer weather has returned. However, since tropical plants are not used to having the colder weather, their bodies are not able to withstand the freeze damage. The plant’s internal irrigation system and its roots are damaged by the cold. Stronger plants are usually able to regain their strength but not all plants are capable of doing so.
Plants that do not survive the winter are often referred to as annual plants since they die at the end of every year. Tropical plants are annual plants in colder areas, but can be perennial in the tropics. Even though it is harder for tropical plants to survive the cold, it is always best to check before chucking it. Read more from Garden And Bloom…
What next with all this information?
You should consider getting started on that tropical yard vibe. And if you don’t know how to do it, don’t worry, we got you. At EPS Landscaping we are experts in matters landscaping and tree services. To be precise, tropical landscaping is one of our specialties. So call us today to get your majestic garden.