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Tropical plants for a pool area

Posted by SunshineKelm WA Aust (My Page) on
Tue, Jun 15, 04 at 21:12

Hi, I am new here. My husband and I just bought our first house. The gardens are in a pretty sad state but we are working on them.
I would just like to ask for some advice and suggestions.
In our pool area, we have 3 palm trees ( soory I have no idea what they are, they have bunches of balls on them if that helps) and also roses and a lot of weeds. I was thinking of having tropical gardens in the pool area. There are 3 small gardens ion it, eash with their own palm. Now, the roses look odd in there so I was going to take them out. I have a bird of paradise plant that I was going to put in there, can you suggest any other tropical plants? I like colour. I have many zygote plants, in pots, that I has going to use to decorate the walls as they have the most beautiful flowers. Are zygotes tropical??
Any ideas, I am open to anything.
(PS, feel free to email me )

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RE: Tropical plants for a pool area

May i suggest lots of Cordylines under planted with Rhoeo and edged with liriope - this will give an instant effect.
Oh,and lose the roses!!

RE: Tropical plants for a pool area

My suggestion is to bring in some more palms underplanted with liriope,Heliconias and Clivia.

RE: Tropical plants for a pool area

All good suggestions so far : the only thing that I can add is that Bromeliads are incredibly hardy and quite beautiful - just be careful not to over-water them (a topup in the plants 'funnel' on a periodic basis should be plenty).

RE: Tropical plants for a pool area

How about some Croton, for colour, no roses. Gardenia look cool around a pool. Cycads ( Sago Palm). Gingers

RE: Tropical plants for a pool area

If you are in Perth, climate would probably be a bit too cool for most crotons and Heliconias. Instead of Heliconias may some of the hardier gingers such as Hedychium species or variegated Alpinia.

RE: Tropical plants for a pool area

Do you mean Zygocactus or Zygopetalum orchids? Both are tropical and do well in Perth but are best kept in pots. Red margined Dracenas do really well down this way and look very tropical.

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