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What makes tropical gardens so desirable?

Creating a garden is one of the simplest ways of staying in touch with nature. More so, features like tropical gardens have become very popular over the last few decades. They are known for their vibrant and colorful aesthetics. It is one of the main reasons why people prefer to decorate their outdoor space with a similar concept. Whether you are looking for a garden design to suit your bungalow or an apartment in the middle of the city a tropical layout will always be the right choice. Apart from this, such gardens are also easy to maintain as the plants are usually native of the region.

From where does the inspiration for tropical gardens originate? 

Tropical gardens are inspired by lush green vegetations found in different parts of the world including Southeast Asia, Northern Australia, the Caribbean, Central America, Africa, and Pacific Islands. A typical tropical garden has plants with large and striking leaves. However, tropical gardens are not ideal for all the different regions around the world. This is mainly due to the climatic condition of the place which is why taking advice from a professional landscape designer is recommended.

The dense vegetation of most tropical plants still allows you to create a space which receives an adequate amount of sunlight. This is usually because the flowers are small in height and do not obstruct the natural light source. In addition, these gardens can sometimes be very difficult to maintain even more so if you are living in a non-tropical climate. In other words, the true essence of a tropical garden is receiving ample amount of sunlight and water.

What should I consider when designing a tropical garden?

The plants used for designing a tropical garden are one of the most critical elements. That is why you need to choose them carefully. The overall maintenance process of the garden also depends on the variety of plants you have selected. On the other hand considering the climatic conditions and topography of the landscape is too essential. The reason behind choosing specific types of plants for your tropical garden is that they should be able to survive in your town or city. For this we recommend you contact a landscape expert to know about all the different plants and flowers available for creating a tropical garden.

What kind of plants are typical to tropical gardens?

There are thousands of tropical plants in the entire world. This gives you an extensive range to choose. Although, some of the typical tropical flowers that you can find everywhere are Bamboos, Palm trees, Philodendron, Heliconia, Hibiscus, and Ferns. To create a beautiful tropical garden all you need to do is select plants with large leaves so that you can produce a visual focal point. Another thing to remember while creating your garden is that it should not follow the rules of a minimalistic style design. Instead, you need to fill your garden with as much vegetation as possible.

What other ideas can I use to make my tropical garden more beautiful?

An idea which can make your tropical garden look beautiful is segmentation. It can be done according to the shape and size of the chosen plants. Besides you can even use different forms of outdoor lighting to create a well-illuminated space. In case you decide to use LED lights for making your tropical garden look bright then it can cost you anywhere from 150 SGD to 300 SGD per fixture. Although the price of the light fixture also depends on its size. Apart from this, a tropical garden is even considered to be much safer. Here are a few other elements which you can use to make your garden look amazing.

Water sources 

A typical tropical garden needs to look natural which is why adding water features or sources is an excellent choice. It also contributes to the visual aesthetics of the place. Features like a fountain, cascade, or a pond can be easy to create and maintain. You can even get inspired with all the different garden themes available like zen or rustic. However, if you feel like being a little creative, then you can incorporate a well or pond in your garden as well. Although, we recommend that you create the border of your water feature with materials like stones so that it gives the place a natural look.

Hanging plants

If you have a small garden then decorating it with hanging plants is a great idea. This allows you to incorporate the same amount of vegetation without taking up much of the floor space. You can even create an entire green wall filled with tropical plants. Apart from this, you can also incorporate a few pots in areas like your courtyard, balcony, or terrace. Creating layers of flowers will allow you to add a charming touch. Even using metal holders for your pots will give you a rustic design.

Canoes and wooden boats

For creating a dynamic looking tropical garden, you can even place your flower pots in elements like an old boat or canoe. In case you do not want to use these items as a plant holder you can even convert them into a bench. The overall idea is to provide a unique touch to the place without taking away from the tropical aesthetics of the garden.

Homify is full of ideas and inspirations regarding tropical gardens. Whether you have a small space that needs to be converted into a garden or a large one you will surely find plenty of layouts to decorate your outdoor space. You can even request our designers to help you with your dream garden project.