Ideas for Extravagant Tropical Containers

Ideas for Extravagant Tropical Containers

Iit’s one thing to make beautiful containers with your favorite plants, but why stop? Bold textures, unusual shapes and unexpected colors can increase the volume of any arrangement. That’s why, at Tangletown Gardens in Minneapolis, we like to push our container designs above it with remarkable tropical plants. Whether they feature unusual selections or reinvent old favorite houseplants, these combinations are a great way to make sure your pots are exceptionally fun and eye-catching this season.

Let yourself be inspired by the color of your container

Large tropical plants can easily be used to create a living environment. Try to place a unique plant that you want to highlight at the center of your design and take inspiration from your container to ensure that it is the center of attention. The sloppy painter croton stretches up and down and matches the bright yellow of this container, creating a neon-colored entourage, while the underlying foliage of a series of watermelons reflects the color pattern on the leaves of the croton, but with an inversion of the color palette. This frame emphasizes the striking contrast of the large luminous leaves of the caladium “Florida Moonlight”, founded by the finer texture and the dark color of the begonia “Black Velvet”.

Collect a palette of coordinated patterns

A great way to create a coherent container is to work with a single type of plant in a multitude of varieties. For example, a collection of calatheas (and a cousin of prayer plants) with their pleasant array of patterns and habits fills this basket arrangement with lush tropical abundance. Throw out the recipe book and choose the plants that are related. Then play with the sizes, textures and colors to create a grouping that highlights both their similarities and their differences.

Set vibrant hues on a green background

Nothing is more tropical than a great burst of color. The cordyline “Maria” brings warmth to the larger container, and the same shades of pink are captured by the caladium “Miss Muffet” in the smaller jar. Indoor plants like satin pothos and the maiden-haired vine add an extra punch of texture, and the fine foliage of the maiden-haired vine echoes that of the perils of artillery. To keep the focus on the warm pink highlights, the colorful stars of the show are placed on a green background of rustic kiwi vine and bromeliads.

Make a combo that absorbs the sun

The design of an outdoor container gives us the freedom to push the limits of each plant’s favorite ecological niche. Although we would never find hard hives “blue arrows” and Kalanchoe “Flapjacks” together in the wild, they are able to grow together harmoniously for the season, mated in a container in full sun to moderate that receives a lot of water. Including a single succulent in a tropical container attracts attention and creates a playful feeling due to the unexpected nature of the addition. Despite what many people think, almost all succulents go well with other annuals and tropics in a seasonal container. Make sure that the container receives at least six hours of direct light per day.

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