The Philippines have a warm climate year-round, but at certain times of the year it is boiling hot and at others, it is very rainy. Gardening in the Philippines offers a broad choice of plants. If you adore the tropical foliage and flowers from the region and want to try a Philippine-style garden, look to the native plants and other heat-loving varieties.
Elements of Philippine Landscaping
If you have ever traveled to the Philippines and gotten out into nature, you were probably drawn to the amazing variety of plants exhibited. The Philippines are home to many understory tropical species and full sun specimens that are both local and imported.
Experts report that gardening in the Philippines is a dream due to the warm year-round weather. For an exotic feel in warm regions, try a Philippine garden design.
Philippine gardens may be lush with local plants, bright colors, and striking flowers. If your growing zone permits plants that grow in USDA zones 12 to 13, you can easily grow Philippine plants. The rest of us can substitute with other tropical-looking flora.
Dressing up the garden with Asian accents like statues, mosaics, and colorful chair cushions will further enhance the Philippine theme, even in cooler regions. Additionally, anything that will not be hardy in your region should be potted and brought indoors before the weather turns cold.
Philippine Style Garden Plants
What you select will depend upon the size of your planting space. In the smaller garden, try plants like pitcher plants, bougainvillea, ferns, and orchids.
As we get to larger spaces, a glorious hibiscus bush, passionflower vine, elephant ear, cinnamon plant, or mulberry bush are very appropriate complements to the Philippine garden design.
If you really want to go big, plant Philippine teak which can get over 80 feet (25 m.) tall. Other plants to accent Philippine landscaping include:
- Indian heliotrope
- Coat Buttons
- Malabar nightshade
- Star of Bethlehem
- Fringed spiderflower
- Butterfly pea
- Forest ghost flower
- Wax hoya
- Christ’s thorn
- Golden shrimp plant
- Amazon lily
- Indian clock vine
Growing Philippine Plants
Remember that soil is the basis of any garden, especially when growing Philippine plants. Philippine plants that like some shade would grow wild in the understory where plenty of rich humus would accumulate. These plants need a compost amendment and mulch around the roots to keep them cool.
Full sun plants need well-draining soil and will need water during the dry months frequently. Sneak in some Philippine food plants as well, so you can not only enjoy the vision but the taste of the country. Pak choy, Sitaw beans, bitter melon, and eggplant will all enhance the holistic experience of being in the Philippines.