Tropical outdoor plants grow in areas that have hot and humid climate. Tropical outdoor plants are very popular because of their large foliage and their outstanding presence. There are several tropical outdoor plants that great for your garden. One that popular is an elephant ear plant. Elephant ear outdoor plants, known scientifically as Colocasia esculenta or Caladium esculentum, are commonly grown for their big leaves, which resemble large elephant ears. These tropical plants can reach heights in excess of five feet (152.4 cm) tall. Because of this great size, an elephant ear plant makes an excellent focal point in the garden. Whether grown in containers, mixed beds, or borders, elephant ears provide a stunning tropical addition to the landscape, especially when growing alongside their smaller, colorful counterparts, the caladiums.
Elephant ear outdoor plants are easy to grow and quite versatile. These tuberous plants thrive in sun or partial shade. They do especially well in hot, humid conditions similar to that of their native tropical environments. The tubers should be planted during spring in rich, well-drained, organic soil. Provided the area has adequate drainage, elephant ears will perform well in moist soils too. This also makes them ideal candidates for growing near the edges of bogs or water gardens.