While we can't say that we've been keeping up with some of 2023's weirder and wackier trends, we've always got our finger on the pulse when it comes to plants! This year, tropicals are all the buzz, much to the delight of plant lovers and collectors all over Keswick (us included!) Tropical plants offer a ton of tremendous benefits to your home year-round, including air purification, natural beauty, and fantastic kid-friendly hideouts for your next game of hide-and-seek!
Many tropicals can also be placed outdoors for a uniquely tropical patio or garden design that adds a little extra jungle fever to those warm Ontario summer nights. However you use them, tropicals are unique–and sometimes quite rare–expressions of the botanical universe. So, without further ado, let's look at some of our favourite tropical plant picks for 2023!
What Are Some Trending Tropicals for 2023?
We're so glad you asked! Here's a sneak peek at just some of the many rare and exciting new picks we have on offer in the garden centre this year:
Rhaphidophora Decursiva ‘Dragon’s Tail’
We dare you to say this awesome tropical plant's name five times fast! This rare beauty hails from Southeast Asia and will definitely add a mythical quality to your home or garden. To keep this tropical happy, give it plenty of filtered light and high humidity, and plant it in a rich, well-draining soil similar to an orchid mixture.
This South American gem from the pepper family is quickly gaining popularity among plant influencers and enthusiasts on social media, and for good reason! Another lush jungle plant, the Piper Crocatum has stunning pink veins that contrast beautifully against its large, glossy green leaves. This tropical will also need indirect light and high humidity, and if you can get your hands on one of these houseplant favourites, consider yourself a true tropical enthusiast!
Peace Lily ‘Sensation’
The largest cultivar of the peace lily tribe, the Sensation is a must-have tropical for anyone looking to take a walk on the wild side. With giant ribbed green leaves, stunning white blooms, and potential heights as tall as 1.8 metres, the peace lily sensation is simply a bigger, more flamboyant version of its smaller peace lily relatives. Another lover of low-light conditions, this plant will need some bright, indirect light if you want to see those characteristic white flowers.
Aspidistra ‘Milky Way’ (Cast Iron Plant)
If you're looking for a stunningly unusual, tough-as-nails tropical, the Milky Way plant is for you. Native to Japan and China, this tropical species is nicknamed the "cast iron plant" for its virtually indestructible nature. Like the snake plant, it can thrive pretty much anywhere! As far as appearance goes, the Milky Way plant has broad, spiky leaves covered in little white dots that look like stars in the night sky, making this beauty the superstar of any tropical collection.
This silver-green variety of the snake plant is slightly rarer than its well-loved cousin and makes a great addition to any tropical houseplant collection! Native to Africa, the Sansevieria Sayuri likes dry, gritty soil–similar to cactus soil–and a light watering schedule. Like other snake plant varieties, the Sayuri is adaptable to most light, heat, and humidity levels, making it the perfect accent plant for just about any room in your home!
Always a hugely popular compact houseplant choice, the Chinese evergreen's large, glossy leaves and short stems make it an absolute showstopper. It also comes in several colour combinations, from a striking silver-green to several shades of red, so you're sure to find one that suits your home's personality. The Chinese Evergreen is an easy-to-care-for addition to the collection of any plant collector or houseplant enthusiast, but be careful if you have small children or fur babies; it can be quite toxic if ingested!
If you're ready to up your plant game in 2023, visit us at Georgina Garden Centre and stock up today! We're fully stocked with all the best tropicals in Keswick, along with everything else you'll need to turn your home or garden into the jungle paradise of your dreams!