Although at times Houston, Texas feels as though we are already living in a tropical garden, you may want to try creating one of your own. Tropical gardens are especially fun to cultivate near a pool or gazebo, as their beauty and color can add so much to the enjoyment of your home. As noted above, the Houston, Texas climate is perfect for creating and maintaining a tropical garden, with just a little effort and attention. Shrubs are an important part of tropical gardens, as you can use them to add seasonal color and also to mask any of your tropical plants that go dormant or die off in the winter. For some ideas on what shrubs to use when planting a tropical garden in Houston, Texas, see below.
Jungle Flame. A native of Southwest India and Sri Lanka, these shrubs have gorgeous orange and scarlet flowers that will bring a tropical flair to your Houston, Texas garden. Plant them in full sun in the spring in your tropical garden, and they will bloom from late spring through early fall for you. These shrubs make a good choice for the borders of your tropical garden. Expect heights of up to six feet.
Cleyera. This beautiful shrub will look great in the borders of your Houston, Texas tropical garden. It has glossy leaves that start out reddish brown and eventually turn dark green, as well as white flowers that bloom in April. These are slow growing shrubs but they can eventually reach heights of up to fifteen feet. Plant them in the partial sun of your Houston, Texas garden.
Drooping Leucothoe. If you are looking for fragrant shrubs for your Houston, Texas tropical garden, try planting these. Their urn-shaped flowers look like lilies-of-the-valley, and they will bloom all May in your garden. Plant these shrubs in full to partial shade, and they will also bring fall foliage to your Houston, Texas garden. These are hardy shrubs that will grow to be about six feet tall.
Loquat. Also known as Japanese Plums, these beautiful shrubs will bring edible fruit and fragrant white flowers to your Houston, Texas tropical garden. They do best when planted in full sun, and also require soil with good drainage. Plant them in the fall through the spring and these shrubs will attract birds to your tropical garden. They are also good for landscaping small Houston, Texas yards.
Rice Paper Plant. These fast growing shrubs have dark green leaves that look like Maple tree leaves. Plant them in full to partial sun in your Houston, Texas tropical garden and enjoy their white flowers in December and January. These shrubs are a good choice for the borders of your tropical garden. Expect heights of up to three feet.
Chinese Mahonia. The spiny-toothed leaves of these shrubs will add a touch of interest to the borders of your Houston, Texas tropical garden. Plant them in partial sun to full shade, preferably in organic soil, and their lovely white flowers will bloom in July. These are hardy shrubs that will also bring birds to your Houston, Texas garden.