Just because you live in a land-locked state or have a small outdoor area doesn’t mean you can’t sip a fruity drink surrounded by flowering tropical beauties this summer. You can easily transform your outdoor summer space to reflect the ambiance of an island paradise with just a few plants from your local garden center.
There are a variety of tropical plants that can be potted and placed on your patio. In the fall, bring them indoors. Most tropical plants love hot, sunny locations; all you have to do is water when dry and fertilize monthly to keep them blooming all summer.
Listed here are my top five favorite tropical patio plants and the climate zones where they thrive:
Mandeville (Zones 10-11): This vine with its red, white, pink, yellow or bi-color blooms looks wonderful spilling out of a colorful pot and its green glossy leaves can climb up to 20-feet. It is deer resistant and easy to grow.