Growing Tropical Plants in the UK

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Growing tropical plants in the UK is not only possible, but actually quite easy. Now, not every plant you desire will work in the UK, Some will require high humidity, some will want extreme heat and some just won't like the winter. This is not to say they wont thrive. You have several options.

Select a hardy tropical that can withstand the British winters, Luckily due to the gulf stream the UK has fairly mild winters in comparison to other parts of Europe. There are literally 1000's of beautiful tropicals that can grow happily in the British climate.

If you go for semi-hardy tropicals, consider growing in containers and pots that can be moved to a sheltered location over winter. This is also a great idea for those who like to move things around in their garden a lot, being able to move plants to take advantage of the seasons is ideal for making the most of your plants.

If you can't get enough of tender tropicals, then this is where a greenhouse or conservatory comes in handy. Remember, tender tropicals are just that, and they tend to die fairly easily at the slightest change of conditions. The best type of tropicals for the UK are the semi-hardy and hardy tropicals as they require the least amount of maintenance for the best results.

So, you have decided that you want to liven up your garden and add some lush, vibrant and beautiful tropicals to it. The next step is to make sure that any plant you want to grow is actually allowed by British law. There a many banned plants in the UK that could become invasive or pose a threat to the native wildlife. Before continuing to purchase any strange tropical, check with the DEFRA website for a complete list of banned or restricted plants.

The next step is to consider the space you have to play with. If you have a small garden, the last thing you want to do is plant a giant that takes up all the space. Does your garden get battered by strong winds? or is it a sun trap? Is the ground prone to water-logging? Are there a lot of shaded area's? All of these factors should take a big part in deciding what will work best for you.

Finally, you will want to make sure you get the very most out of your plants. You are going to be putting effort and energy in growing them, and the final result is the reward for all of that, so consider going for bold eye-catching plants that will really make your garden pop. The garden is our own private retreat from everyday hustle and bustle, and you can make it the way that helps you to escape reality for a while and get back to basics. You could be in the city, but enter your back garden and step out in a lush tropical paradise that could be 10,000 miles away from home.
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