Tropical climates usually cater to the hardier, more colourful variety of flora. To survive, plants and flowers need to be heat tolerant. Rightly so, as summers in tropical climates can be especially punishing. Summers in Singapore can go up to almost 100 °F!
Here’s a list of the best florals and plants that thrive in the tropics and will pair perfectly with your Ethnicraft Online pieces to make your home the ultimate tropical retreat.
1. Calla Lily
Calla Lilies grow in a variety of colours, growing from rhizomes and is an ideal ornament for the tropical home. They’re best placed on side tables or potted by the windows for a brightening and feminine touch, especially with warmer wood pieces like teak.
As all other tropical flowering plants, Calla Lilies are not afraid of the sun, so by all means place them in a sunny area of your home.
The sweet-scented Jasmine makes for a great patio greenery. In addition to the delicate white or yellow blossoms, it can make the surroundings smell fresh and fragrant. Jasmine can grow in open air or under a shade, just make sure you shield it from the harsh midday sunlight. Its vines can grow up to 5 metres, so you have the option of staking it on a trellis or attaching it on arbour.
3. Bird of Paradise
The Bird of Paradise is the poster-child of exotic tropical flowers. As the name suggests, its bud resemble a vividly-coloured bird in flight and it’s actually a cousin of the banana. The Bird of Paradise can just as easily thrive indoors as well as outdoors, however exposure to the sun brings out its vibrant hues even more.
These elegant and exotic florals have over 25,000 species! Of course, not all of those varieties are available in Asia but there are plenty thriving in our tropical climates. The good thing about orchids is that they don’t need a lot of water, a few spritzes here and there can go a long way, though you do need to employ fertilizers and be strategic about the amount of sunshine they receive. All the effort is worth it though after the gorgeous flowers start to unfurl.
Bougainvilleas are ubiquitous in well-trimmed lawns and balconies, but even in the wild you can find its multi-coloured glory thriving effortlessly without the watchful eyes of a gardener. In full bloom, these tough beauties stands out radiantly among its thick vines giving off a rustic appeal.
Allergic to flower pollen? Besides blooms, luscious green plants also help to add life and that tropical touch to your home, with none of the nasty side-effects. The vividness of these green plants also give a lovely contrast with lighter wood pieces like oak.
Another pretty potted plant for your tropical home is the Philodendron. There are many species within the philodendron genus, climbing vines as well as the self-heading (non-climbing) variety. The climbing type, with heart-shaped leaves, are mostly placed indoors in hanging pots—vines crawling on the walls — engulfing your home in living, breathing foliage. As a result, the air quality is better and your home, cosier.
7. Aloe Vera
Another plant which helps filter the air is Aloe Vera. This house plant needs little watering and not too much direct sunlight, which makes this a great green accent for your living room or the kitchen. Aloe also has a lot of medicinal properties. For instance, its sap can help relieve burns and insect bites. Similar succulents are just as practical for tropical homes since they don’t need much upkeep; green thumb optional.
8. Spider Plant
Minimal care, no direct sunlight, and no fertilizer needed — how hard can it be? For maintenance, you only need to remove wilting leaves to encourage the growth of fresh, green sprigs. Some people like to hang the pots on their foyer, kitchen or patio — the blades spilling off to the side, while others opt for a minimalistic approach — a few strands in a small, porcelain pot placed in corners or accent pieces against a white wall.
9. English Ivy
Most English Ivy can be found outdoors in the lawn or covering entire sides of a building in a blanket of green. Once in a while though, this climbing plant can be found indoors atop bookshelves and hanging in pots on foyers. Whichever approach you wish to take, this creeper can add a touch of sophistication and whimsy to your home’s interior or exterior.
The leaves of Calathea, or the prayer plant, appears like a work of art. Each variety has a distinct graphical representation of Mother Nature’s brushstrokes. As you can imagine, the patterns add a unique decorative appeal to wherever you wish to place the plant in your home. As if it’s not pretty enough, some varieties of this plant even sprout colourful flowers.
Now that you have all the know-how to inject some tropical fun, it’s time to get shopping!
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