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8 Jungle Plants To Create A Tropical Backyard

Want to relive that gorgeous vacation you went on? Or, would you like to liven up your backyard with some tropical flair? If the answer is yes, check out these five jungle plants that will transform your outdoor space into a paradise getaway.

From towering palms to colorful flowers, these plants add some island style to your yard. So, put on your flip-flops and sunscreen and get ready to create your utopia in the backyard.

Areca Palm

Dypsis lutescens plant, also known as golden cane palm, areca palm, yellow butterfly palm. Green palm leaves in tropical forest.
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When people think of tropical plants, Areca palms are ones that always comes to mind! This towering, multi green colored plant provides shade, a jungle aesthetic, and serves as a lush privacy plant. Areca palms can grow up to 30 feet tall when planted outdoors.

Hydration is key for this beautiful plant to thrive. The Areca palm needs to be watered deeply every one to two weeks. Although, if there was heavy rainfall within the week, take that into account when watering. Keep an eye on the soil to see if it dries out  – this can be the case as palms need six hours of sunlight everyday. Make sure to plant your palm in indirect sunlight because the leaves are prone to burning.

Last but not least, this plant can survive outdoors for up to 10 years!


close up of green ferns in a botanical garden
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Although we usually see ferns is super hot places as they’re associated with tropical themes, did you know ferns actually prefer cooler temperatures and light shade? But, don’t get this confused! Ferns still love the heat, especially if you get sun loving ferns such as Ostrich, Royal, or Lady ferns.

Ferns are very easy to care for as they are drought and winter tolerant, and can enjoy different levels of sun exposure. Your fern will always tell you if it is getting to much sun by displaying yellowing leaves that are likely to fall off. With that being said, make sure to plant your fern in moist, slightly acidic soil. Ferns will do best in soil between 4.0 and 7.0 pH.

If you follow these tips your ferns should provide you with a tropical oasis for over a decade!


Green bamboo forest in Maui, Hawaii
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Bamboo is a fun and innovative way to create that tropical feeling you desire in your backyard! Bamboo grows quite fast so you can take the challenge and grow them from seeds but, if you don’t want to wait, pick the right size for your space and start planting!

The first two years your bamboo is planted in the ground, they should be watered frequently and thoroughly. Along with weekly drenches make sure your bamboo is planted in well-draining soil with a pH of about six.

Another great thing about bamboo is that it loves to be pruned. Bamboo is like a grass, when you cut it you encourage it to grow more. You can prune your bamboo plants at any time but many gardeners suggest waiting until late Spring or early Summer until it has grown new shoots.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree

fiddle-leaf fig, it grows in lowland tropical rain forest.Green leaves plant with bamboo wall or fence background
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When it comes to jungle plants, there is one that stands out above the rest – the fiddle leaf fig tree. This large, leafy tree is native to the tropical regions of Africa and is known for its ability to thrive in hot, humid climates. If you’re looking to create a backyard oasis that feels like a jungle, planting a fiddle leaf fig tree is a great place to start.

Fiddle leaf fig trees are relatively easy to care for, but there are a few things you’ll need to keep in mind if you want your tree to thrive. First, choose a location that gets plenty of sunlight. Fiddle leaf fig trees need at least six hours of direct sunlight each day to grow properly.

When it comes to soil, fiddle leaf fig trees prefer soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0. If your soil is heavy, you may need to correct it with some organic material before planting. Once your tree is in the ground, water it regularly – especially during the hot Summer months.

If you live in an area where temperatures dip below freezing in the Winter, you’ll need to take steps to protect your fiddle leaf fig tree. The best way to do this is to move it indoors or into a greenhouse during the coldest months. With a little care, your fiddle leaf fig tree will thrive and provide you with years of enjoyment.

Monstera Deliciosa

Split-leaf philodendron a.k.a. Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) - Florida, USA
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Looking to add a touch of the jungle to your backyard? Then consider planting a Monstera Deliciosa! Also known as the Swiss cheese plant, this jungle plant is perfect for creating a tropical oasis right in your backyard.

The Monstera Deliciosa is a large evergreen vine that can grow up to 30 feet in length outdoors. The leaves, that can measure 18 inches across, are what give it its distinctive “Swiss cheese” look, as they have large holes or fenestrations along their margins. They can grow up to three feet long and two feet wide, and they are a deep green color with white or cream-colored stripes running along their veins.

One of the best things about the Monstera Deliciosa is that it is very easy to care for. This plant does well in a wide range of soil types and lighting conditions, and it is relatively drought tolerant. It is also not particularly picky about temperature, although it does prefer warm climates.

If you are looking for a jungle plant that will make a big impact in your backyard, then the Monstera Deliciosa is a perfect choice! With its large leaves and easy-care requirements, this plant will transform your backyard into a tropical oasis in no time.


Anthurium in flower
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Anthuriums are native to the tropical jungles of Central and South America and come in a variety of colors and sizes. They can be used as a groundcover or as focal points in your jungle garden.

Anthuriums are relatively easy to care for and will add a touch of color and excitement to your yard. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Plant your Anthuriums in well-drained soil. They like to be kept moist but will not tolerate soggy conditions.
  • Place them in an area of your yard that receives partial sun. Too much sun will scorch the leaves, and too little sun will cause the leaves to turn yellow.
  • Fertilize your Anthuriums regularly with a balanced fertilizer. Be sure to follow the directions on the package, as too much fertilizer can burn the roots.

With some care, your Anthuriums will thrive and create a jungle feel in your backyard!

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise
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The bird of paradise, also known as the crane flower, is a stunning plant native to South Africa. It is an evergreen plant that can grow up to 10 feet tall or more and produces beautiful flowers that resemble birds in flight.

The bird of paradise is a relatively low-maintenance plant, making it ideal for jungle gardens. And since it is tolerant of a wide range of conditions, it is also a great choice for jungle gardens in areas with less-than-ideal climates.

If you want to add color and interest to your jungle garden, consider planting a bird of paradise. With its exotic flowers and simple care requirements, the bird of paradise will be a welcoming addition to your jungle oasis!


Calathea Lutea Unique Leaf Shape
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Calatheas are native to South America, so they love warm climates. If you live in an area with cooler temperatures, you’ll need to bring your Calathea indoors during the winter. But don’t worry, these plants are relatively easy to care for and make great houseplants! Stick to these tips and your Calathea will thrive. 

When planting your Calathea, be sure to use a well-draining potting mix. Jungle plants don’t like their roots to sit in water, so be sure to water sparingly. These plants also prefer high humidity, so misting them regularly will help keep their leaves looking nice and healthy.

If you provide your Calathea with the proper care, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful, jungle-like foliage that will make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood!

Enjoy the View

With a few easy steps, you can add some tropical flair to your backyard and create an oasis right where you live! Just be sure to choose the right plants for your climate and soil type, and you’re ready to go!

If you have any tips or tricks of your own, please share them in the comments below – we would love to hear from you. Thanks for reading, and happy gardening!