French doors, sheer curtains and potted plants tie this breezy California dining room in with the surrounding landscape. Accessories including a tall, Asian sculpture and a pair of gold herons give the space a lush, exotic and finished feel. Upholstered arm chairs at the ends of the table are an unexpected touch.
The exterior of this beautiful, home is complete with neutral, stucco walls and a terra cotta shingled roof. Landscape designers included a mix of palm trees and other exotic plants to complete the couple's desire for a Moroccan inspired home that reminds them of their travels in the region.
Warm orange wall paint, shimmering red floor-length curtains and a stack of red and gold cushions create a warm environment in this transitional sitting area. A glass coffee table with arched silver legs supports a unique red vase with a a beautiful, exotic plant. A plush gray armchair provides comfortable seating.
Give a boggy spot a splash of vivid color with a trio of cannas: Tropicanna, Tropicanna Gold and Tropicanna Black. These cannas unfurl striking leaves that boast a variety of vibrant tropical colors and patterns. Luxuriously large flowers accent the calypso colored leaves for an exotic show. Plants grow 4 to 6 feet tall. Hardy in Zones 7-11. Lift rhizomes in colder zones to store overwinter.
Canna lily plants explode with color from striking leaves and exotic flowers. This trio of canna lily varieties adds vivid color to any planting: Tropicanna canna (striped leaves and orange blooms), Tropicanna Gold (green and yellow striped leaves and yellow and orange flowers), and Tropicanna Black (dark leaves and red blooms).
Rich woods, paper lantern chandelier, bamboo plants and exotic artifacts root this dining space in Asian design. A distressed red credenza adds a bold pop of color along with an adjacent bright red vase.
Give any room in your home a splash of calypso color with a tropical bromeliad. These exotic beauties have strappy leaves topped by clusters of red, orange, yellow, purple, or white flowers. The blossoms last for weeks, capturing attention in any setting. Bromeliads are easy to grow and look their best in medium to high light. Increase their impact by popping the plant into a complementary-colored cachepot.
Give your yard a touch of the tropics with exotic passion flower vine. ‘Empress Eugenie’ opens exquisite blooms that release a beautiful fragrance. Blossoms have subtle colors, so it’s best to place this vine where you can view the flowers up close and personal. Vines can reach 20 to 30 feet high and 6 to 8 feet wide in warmer regions. Grow it in a container in cold-winter regions, and overwinter in a cool spot where roots won’t freeze. Water sparingly through winter, just enough to keep roots alive. New growth should emerge in spring. Hardy in Zones 7-10. Why we love it: Passionflower is a host plant to several butterflies, including zebra longwings, gulf fritillary and monarchs.