Incorporating Elephant Ears into Your Summer Garden

Incorporating Elephant Ears into Your Summer Garden

By Published August 05, 2018 Updated July 05, 2022

Adding elephant ears and other tropical looking perennials to your outdoor garden can be part of a wonderful landscape design. Elephant ears are a very popular tropical perennial that blends well with various foliage colors and textures from other plants. In the ground, elephant ears can be left outdoors year- round in planting zones 7b and higher. When planting elephant ear bulbs north of Zone 9, be sure to plant them at least 6” deep to ensure good winter survival.

Elephant ears are perennials, meaning that they will continue to provide your garden with beautiful colors and foliage year after year after they re-emerge from their winter dormancy. Elephant ear plants are best known for their large heart-shaped leaves that can be up to three feet long. In late summer, elephant ears are adorned with fragrant yellow flowers. The exception if the giant elephant ear, colocasia gigantea, which has lovely white flowers.

If you want to incorporate elephant ears into your landscaping, you will need to grow them in soil that is only slightly acidic. They are an excellent choice for soggy or wet areas in the garden because of their thirst for water. You can plant elephant ears very near water features, but keep in mind that they do not particularly thrive well in colder climates when grown in soggy soils over winter.. If you are planning to display your elephant ears year after year in northern areas it will be necessary to uproot them after the first light frost and replant them each spring.

Elephant ears like high nutrient soils, so lots of compost and organic fertilizer will give your summer garden a lush tropical look. If you are searching for quality elephant ears, Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. can help. We offer a number of colocasia plants and other beautiful sun that will help you to transform your summer garden into an oasis. For more information, simply browse our website or contact us at Plant Delights Nursery, Inc. today.

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