Tropical Landscaping

Ines Sastre spends half of the year living in Puerto Rico. She presented a very informational program as part of our Master Gardeners series. Here are a few things I learned:

  • Palms are a dominant element
  • Bromeliads and orchids are another element
  • Epiphytes are commonly used
  • Many plants are from India and Asia
  • Home gardens are decreasing the use of turf grass
  • Tropical gardens are about dense layering
  • Bold forms are prevelant
  • The bracts are colorful to attract pollinators
  • It is almost impossible for plants to grow in the ground under palms
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    Heliconia – Lobster Claw
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    Ines Sastre
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    Epyphites

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    Bromeliad