Bromeliad

Bromeliad

Bromeliads are easy-to-grow, low-maintenance plants that can be enjoyed indoors as houseplants, outside in containers, or, in warmer parts of Florida, as landscape plants. The bromeliads commonly sold at garden centers have colorful, long-lasting flower displays...

Banana

Banana

  Bananas are fast growing, upright herbaceous plants that sprout from underground rhizomes. The leaves are huge, and attach to the fleshy trunks by short petioles. Seedless fruits develop without pollination from unisexual flowers that grow in a single large...

Bird of Paradise, White

Bird of Paradise, White

Picture a crown of banana-like leaves atop a palm tree trunk, combine with huge, uniquely beautiful flowers, and then what you have is the exotically named bird of paradise tree. Related to the bird of paradise flower (Strelitzia regina), this close cousin is a much...

Bird of Paradise, Orange

Bird of Paradise, Orange

The uniquely shaped flower of this exotic tropical perennial resembles a bird's head. Fantastically handsome flowers aside, this is also a very attractive foliage plant. The paddle-shaped leathery leaves are about 8 inches long and 6 inches wide. Forming massive...

Arboricola

Arboricola

Arboricola "Trinette" is the most commonly grown variegated cultivar. Charmingly pretty as an accent, foundation planting, or in a garden bed, this dwarf schefflera can add tropical flair to an otherwise ho-hum landscape. It can be grown to highlight other plants or...

Xanadu

Xanadu

Shrubs Tropicals and Tender Perennials Height: 24-36 in. Spacing: 24-36 in. Hardiness: USDA Zone 9a: to (20 °F) Sun Exposure: Light Shade Partial to Full Shade Full Shade Foliage: Grown for foliage Evergreen Shiny/Glossy-Textured Rubbery-Textured Other details: This...

Variegated Ginger

Variegated Ginger

Variegated ginger is a tall and dramatic landscape or container plant. The leaves are about 2 ft long and 6 in across and strikingly variegated with irregular stripes of green and yellow. Typically, variegated ginger grows to about 6 ft tall. Part shade is ideal for...

Umbrella Plant / Papyrus

Umbrella Plant / Papyrus

Like papyrus, the umbrella plant grows in clumps in wet and boggy areas, although it will thrive in drier situations as well. The clumps are composed of slender triangular stems that arise from a network of woody rhizomes and grow to a height of 2-6 ft. At the stem...

Thryallis

Thryallis

Thryallis is a small evergreen tropical shrub that grows to a maximum height of about 6 ft and about as wide. It grows moderately fast into a neat rounded shape with many slender stems that are reddish when young. This shrub forms a dense and twiggy mass covered in...

Split Leaf Philodendron

Split Leaf Philodendron

Split leaf philodendron grows as a large semiwoody shrub with enormous glossy leaves and a single erect unbranched stem that tends to fall over and sprawl when the plant gets large. The leaves are up to 3 ft long, deeply dissected into many wavy-margined lobes. Older...

Stromanthe

Stromanthe

Tropicals and Tender Perennials Height: 12-18 in. (30-45 cm) Spacing: 18-24 in. ZONES 9B - 11 Sun Exposure: Partial to Full Shade Grown for foliage Variegated Blue-Green Burgundy Smooth-Textured Shiny/Glossy-Textured Leathery-Textured Other details: This plant is...

Pygmy Date Palm / Roebellini

Pygmy Date Palm / Roebellini

Pygmy date palm grow slowly reaching heights of 8-10 ft. The stem is covered with old leaf bases and is topped with a dense head of bright green pinnate leaves that grow to about 4 ft in length. Delicate leaflets, arranged neatly along the upper length of the gently...

Plumbago

Plumbago

Plumbago is an evergreen shrub with whip-like semiwoody stems that form a loose, rounded mound 3-10 ft. high with a similar spread. Plumbago can be pruned to grow like a vine and scramble over supports, or pruned into a more compact mounded shrub, or left to sprawl...

Oyster Plant

Oyster Plant

Oysterplant is a rather succulent herb with a dense cluster of sturdy 6-12 in. long sword-shaped leaves arising from a trunklike stem up to 8 in. tall. The leaves are a dark teal-tinged forest green on top and vivid violet underneath. The small white three-petaled...

Mexican Petunia

Mexican Petunia

The Mexican petunia is a tender evergreen perennial that forms colonies of stemmy stalks standing 3 ft.  in height and of indeterminate width. The strong semi-woody stalks are distinctly vertical in aspect and hold attractive dark green leaves. When grown under hot...

Lantana

Lantana

Common lantana is a rugged evergreen shrub from the tropics. The species can grow to 6 ft  high and may spread to 8 ft  in width with some varieties able to clamber vinelike up supports to greater heights with the help of support. The small flowers are held in...

Ixora

Ixora

Ixora is a dense, multi-branched  shrub, commonly 4-6 ft. in height, but capable of reaching up to 12 ft.  high. Ixora has a rounded form, with a spread that may exceed its height. The glossy, leathery, oblong leaves are about 4 in. Small tubular, scarlet flowers in...

Hawaiian Ti

Hawaiian Ti

Ti is a palmlike evergreen shrub with a strong, usually unbranched trunk that can get up to 10 ft.  tall. The leaves are 12-30 in. long, 4-6 in.  wide and may be glossy green, reddish purple, or marked with various combinations of purple, red, yellow or white. Light:...

Canna Lily

Canna Lily

Cannas, or canna lilies, look like banana trees without the trunk! Their wide, furled leaves come out of thick, multiple-eyed rhizomes. Flowers are the main reason cannas are so highly prized, though. Culture Light: Cannas prefer sun, but will grow in partial shade....

Croton

Croton

In the wild, garden croton is an evergreen shrub that grows to 10 ft  tall and has large, leathery, shiny leaves. The cultivated garden crotons are usually smaller and come in an amazing diversity of leaf shapes and colors. Culture It's quite a challenge to keep these...

Agapanthus

Agapanthus

Agapanthus, or African lily, grows as an ever expanding clump of evergreen strap shaped leaves around 12 in. or a little more in length. The dark blue flowers are trumpet shaped, 1-2 in. wide, and borne in rounded umbels containing as many as 30 blossoms. These flower...

Aloe

Aloe

  Soap aloe grows in a stemless rosette, and produces little offset rosettes around its margin. The main rosette gets up to about a foot and a half tall and just as wide. The lance-shaped leaves are thick and succulent, pale green with white speckles, and 10-12...