Posts in "Tropical Plants"

Sun-Loving Coleus and Gryphon Begonia Plants


Coleus plants are known for their extravagant, colorful foliage and ability to bring life to the shade garden.

Now there are "sun-loving" coleus plants, introduced by Simply Beautiful!

I had the pleasure to preview these tropical beauties recently.


At the same time, I was introduced to the 'Gryphon Begonia,' a striking, showy plant with marbled foliage and two-tone-colored leaves.

This plant boasts beautiful silver-splashed foliage in the front and solid olive green in the back.

The large arching leaves approach 10” in diameter with a height and width of two-to-three feet.


Gryphon begonia is a tropical foliage shade plant


Amazingly enough, the Gryphon Begonia grows from a small plant to an impressively large one within one season.

Give the Gryphon Begonia some room to grow in the garden or in a container.


Plant Foliage Fans

I want you to vote "Love it"  or "Don't Love it" for each of these plants by selecting a heart or broken heart in the poster below.

It's interactive and fun!

I'm experimenting with creative presentations for my "Garden Center TV" posts and videos.


Watch the video embedded in the TV below and then vote and share your opinion with me!





See more of Shirley Bovshow's videos on YouTube.

“Indoor Plants” Growing Wild in Maui

Wild Tropical Plants

On my recent trip to Maui, I had the opportunity to witness tropical plants such as bromeliads, heliconias, spathiphyllums, crotons, and cordylines in their natural or “naturalized” habitat.

To some of you, these plants are strictly seasonal container plants or houseplants.

Not in Maui!

Bird of paradise plant

The  Bird of paradise plant, (Strelitzia reginae) can be planted in the ground in humid, mild winter areas such as Florida and other parts of the country.

If you follow the Sunset Garden Climate Zone Guide, you should be able to grow  the Bird of paradise in zones 22-25, 27, and in Hawai in zones H1, H2; marginal in zones 9, 12-21.

Those outside these climate zones can enjoy the Bird of paradise as an indoor houseplant, just be aware that it is a poisonous plant if eaten.

Keep the kids and pets away from this one!

Bird of Paradise Care as an Indoor Plant


It is not surprising that the Bird of paradise  has some  specific climate requirements as an indoor plant.

Indoor temperatures between 65 and 75 degrees, are ideal for your “Bird.”

Place your plant in a bright light area, (it should receive at least 4 hours of direct sunlight everyday) and do not allow it to dry out!

The Bird of Paradise plant should be kept moist at all times, but not “soggy!’

Start by watering your plant once a week and monitor the soil moisture level.

You can adjust your watering schedule depending on how fast the soil dries.

More Resources

If you are extremely busy, you may want to consider planting your house plants in  a self watering container.

I love Lechuza planters.

Lechuza planters are stylish and can keep your plants watered for up to 12 weeks once established!

The message board over at GardenWeb has some interesting talk about Bird of paradise if you would like to explore some more.










In Maui,  the “no watering, no feeding and no leaf shining” regimen, did not stop these plants from thriving.

Wild and Beautiful Tropical Plants!

Do you recognize some of these understory plants growing in the tropical rainforest?



I see ferns and heliconias!


monstera plant tropical giant


Monstera plant, the “green Swiss cheese” of the gardening world!


cordyline plants used as hedge

There were cordylines of every hue and color..



… lining the road to Hana!


Do you carry a torch for exotic plants?

Which ones?