Outdoor Plants

At our nursery we grow many varieties of tropical, sun-loving bedding plants to help our customers beautify their outdoor living spaces. We are set up to serve both individuals as well as larger landscaping projects. Many choices or colors and flowers to choose from and a friendly staff that can instruct you on how to keep them happy and healthy.

Bougainvillea
Bougainvillea glabra
Bougainvillea is one of the hardiest and most well suited flowering plants for the Turks and Caicos. It thrives in dry, sun-drenched environments. There are over 300 varieties of Bougainvillea around the world ranging in colors and growing habits (bush or vine). Some of the more common ones here in the Turks and Caicos are the ‘New River’, ‘Barbara Karst’, ‘Imperial White’, ‘Coral’ and ‘Jamaican White’.
Soil
Well-drained, sandy top-soil mix
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Bloom fertilizer
salt tolerance
Medium
Yellow Elder
Tecoma Stans
Also known as Yellow Trumpet Bush, the Yellow Elder is a tropical flowering bushy shrub that is often used as an ornamental throughout southern Florida and the Caribbean. It is a low maintenance bush that gives your garden a burst of color throughout the year. It’s vibrant yellow flowers attract bees & hummingbirds to your garden, helping with the pollination of fruits and vegetables.
Soil
Well-drained, sandy top-soil mix
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Bloom fertilizer
salt tolerance
Medium
Croton
Codiaeum Variegatum
Crotons are a relatively large and diverse group of ornamental plants common throughout the tropics. They are originally native to the Pacific but are now prolific in the Caribbean & Central America. They are popular for the burst of color they bring to a garden. By crossing different varieties of Crotons together, growers have now come up with a wide range of varieties, some of which include: ‘Eleanor Roosevelt’, ‘Mamey’, ‘Petra’, ‘Gold Dust’, ‘Zanzibar’, ‘Sloppy Painter’ and more.
Soil
Slightly acidic mix
sunlight
Full sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Low nitrogen, Slow-release
salt tolerance
Relatively low
Ixora
Ixora Coccinea
The Ixora family is a family of flowering shrubs native to India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. Ixoras are generally grown as a mid to low lying shrub, and is sought out for its heavy flowering (red/yellow/pink). Although there are roughly 500 species of Ixora the most common that are grown as ornamentals are the ‘Maui’, ‘Dwarf’, ‘Super King’ and ‘Chinese Ixora’.
Soil
Slightly acidic mix
sunlight
Full sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Slow-release palm fertilizer
salt tolerance
Relatively low
Saltbush
Baccharis Halimifolia
Saltbush is a relatively new, non-invasive addition to the landscape of the Turks and Caicos that is highly coveted for its natural salt-tolerance and ability to thrive close to the sea. Its native environment is along the coastline of the South-Eastern coast of the United States. Here in the Turks & Caicos, Saltbush flowers throughout the year with small whitish-yellow flowers. Saltbush can be grown and maintained as a uniform bush or grown as a standalone specimen.
Soil
Sandy, top-soil mix
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Landscape fertilizer
salt tolerance
Very high
Oleander
Nerium Oleander
Oleander is a flowering ornamental that is cultivated throughout the tropics worldwide. It can have white, red and pink flowers that grow all year round. It is highly resistant to both drought and inundations. Depending on the variety, Oleander generally ranges in size from 4ft to 15ft tall. The smallest - ‘Oleander Dwarf’ - is one of the more disease and pest resistant varieties. 
Soil
All soil types
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Low dosage 10-10-10
salt tolerance
Relatively high
Sea Oats
Uniola paniculata
Sea Oats are subtropical grass species that are native to the coastal dune lines of the South-Eastern United States and the Northern Caribbean (including here in TCI). They are a protected species as their deep-root systems help prevent coastal wind and tidal erosion. They thrive in sand, and can tolerate brief instances of salt water submersion.
Soil
Well drained, sand mix.
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Not necessary
salt tolerance
Very high
Green Island Ficus
Ficus microcarpa
The ultimate low-maintenance bush/shrub. Green island ficus is a common go to for creating a dense, low lying hedge or bush. Despite being a ficus, it is not invasive. It is an extremely versatile plant that grows slowly and densely in full sun or part shade. Its glossy, bright green leaves stay lush all year round.
Soil
Grows in almost any soil type.
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Nitrogen-heavy landscape mix.
salt tolerance
Moderate
Hibiscus
Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis
A true tropical beauty. The flower of the hibiscus is known internationally as a true symbol of the tropics. Generally red, the flower can also be found in pink, yellow orange or white. Although quite susceptible to pests including aphids and mealy bugs, some varieties like the 'Snow Queen' are more resilient and better suited to the Turks and Caicos.
Soil
Grows in almost any soil type.
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Nitrogen-heavy landscape mix.
salt tolerance
Moderate
Jamaican Caper
Capparis cynophallophora
A member of the caper family that is native to Florida, Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean. A relatively low-maintenance shrub that is often used as a hedge or a standalone bush. Its leaves are a waxy green with a silver undertone giving it an elegant silvery appearance as the wind blows through it. Low-maintenance and well adapted to the climate of the Turks and Caicos.
Soil
Sandy, loamy top-soil mix.
sunlight
Full sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Landscape fertilizer
salt tolerance
Moderate
Lantana
Lantana camara
Common Lantana is a species of flowering plants native to the tropical regions of the Americas. Due to extensive cross-breeding by growers there are now many different varieties and colors available (red, yellow, white, purple). The plant is generally a low-lying shrub but some varieties can reach heights of 2 meters.
Soil
Well drained top-soil / compost mix.
sunlight
Full sun
fertilizer
Balanced 10-10-10 or 20-20-20
salt tolerance
Low
Copperleaf
Acalypha Wilkesiana
The Copperleaf family is a group of evergreen shrubs with dense, colorful foliage that can grow several meters tall. They are ideal landscape shrubs that can tolerate full sun but prefer a little bit of sun protection in the afternoon here in the TCI. They are generally reddish-copper in color as their name suggest however there are yellow, green and white variegates as well. They are relatively hardy and require little maintenance.
Soil
Fertile compost / top-soil mix.
sunlight
Partly shaded sun,
fertilizer
General landscape fertilizer.
salt tolerance
Relatively low
Night Blooming Jasmine
Cestrum nocturnum
A favorite among households here in the islands because of the deep, wafting sweet aroma that it releases at night when the flowers open. We always recommend planting a few upwind of the prevailing SE winds of your residence to get the most of this plant. It is quite a resilient and adaptive plant that, when established, can handle full sun.
Soil
Well-drained soil (Ph 6.5-7.5)
sunlight
Full sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Landscape / Bloom fertilizer
salt tolerance
Moderate
Jasmine Sambac
Jasminum Sambac
A species of jasmine native to tropical Asia that grows as a spreading bush or a vine. It produces bright white flowers throughout the year that have a strong, sweet aroma. It is cultivated throughout the tropics as an ornamental and its flowers are used for making perfumes and jasmine tea. It is a relatively resistant and adaptive plant that can survive in many different soil types and exposures.
Soil
Well-drained, slightly acidic top/potting soil
sunlight
Full sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Slow-release 10-10-10 or 20-20-20
salt tolerance
Relatively low
Star Jasmine
Trachelospermum Jasminoides
Also known as Confederate Jasmine, the Star Jasmine is a woody vine native to Eastern Asia that produces star-like white flowers with a sweet aroma. It is often used as an ornamental as either a sprawling ground covering shrub or a climbing vine. It flowers in both sunny and shaded areas and can survive both in the ground (well-drained soil) or as a potted plant.
Soil
Well-drained, compost /top-soil
sunlight
Part shade
fertilizer
Slow-release 10-10-10 or 20-20-20
salt tolerance
Relatively low
Dwarf Umbrella Tree
Schefflera Arboricola
Although it is often used as an indoor plant in more temporate climates, the Schefflera arboricola works great as a low-lying hedge or bush here in the tropics. Generally comes in either its full green state, or in its variegated yellow/green version called 'Trinette'. It is relatively hardy, although it does do best when it gets partial shade throughout the day. It is resistant to most pests, and is relatively maintenance-free.
Soil
Slightly acidic, loamy top-soil.
sunlight
Part shade
fertilizer
Slow-release 10-10-10 or 20-20-20
salt tolerance
Moderate
Crinum Lily
Crinum Asiaticum
A perennial bulb that produces a 3'-4' lily with large leaves that is often used as a showcase specimen in gardens throughout the tropics. Out of the middle of the plant the Crinum Lily produces a cluster of thin-petaled white umbrella like flowers. Despite their delicate appearance, they are surprisingly drought and sun resistant although they do best with a little protection during the hottest times of the day and when the soil retains moisture.
Soil
Well-drained top-soil mix.
sunlight
Full sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Not really necessary. Light 20-20-20 in spring.
salt tolerance
Moderate
Spider Lily
Hymenocallis Latifolia
The Spider Lily is a clumping bulbed lily that is native to Florida and parts of Central America. It is often found in marshes and swamps but can tolerate prolonged periods of drought. It produces a long lasting, fragrant white flower from its core. The plant rapidly reseeds itself, making it a great 2-3ft ground cover that over time covers an are uniformly.
Soil
Well-drained alkaline soil mix.
sunlight
Part sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Not really necessary. Light 20-20-20 in spring.
salt tolerance
Moderate
Cardboard Palm
Zamia Furfuracea
The Cardboard Palm is not a true palm but rather a member of the Cycad Family. It is native to southeastern Mexico but its conservation status is now endangered because of its illegal harvesting for sale as an ornamental. It is rather slow growing and difficult to propagate, although its growth accelerates as its round trunk becomes more developed. The leaves are very stiff and fuzzy (hence the name 'Cardboard') and they overflow from the center of the plant giving it a lush look, almost resembling a fern.
Soil
Well-drained, moist top-soil.
sunlight
Sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Slow-release palm fertilizer.
salt tolerance
Moderate
Zamia Coontie
Zamia Integrifolia
Zamia Coontie or 'The Coontie Palm' is a small, woody species of cycad that is native to southern Florida and the Bahamas. Like other cycads, its tough, green branches grow outwards from a small, dense trunk that is often submerged under the soil. They are extremely resilient plants that can survive in a myriad of soil types but they prefer sandy, loamy, alkaline soils. They are relatively low-lying but can reach a height of 2'-3'.
Soil
Well-drained, sandy top-soil.
sunlight
Sun / Part shade
fertilizer
Slow-release palm fertilizer.
salt tolerance
Moderate

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