Tropical gardens can create resort style appeal and instant drama. Charlie Albone shows us how to recreate this in your garden!
These gardens are all about scale, colour and a bit like a mini stage production. Tropical gardens need to be packed with plants, but using lots of the same varieties.
Here are some top tips for those looking to create instant drama with sub-tropical plants:
1) Coloured foliage and dense planting is the key to achieving the tropical look. For impact, plant strong flowerings colours, next to lime green foliages. It is easy to get carried away with tropical plants, but try to stay true to your design.
2) Have a plan of the layering of your plants so they are not competing with colours and textures. Planting in dense groups of odd numbers, contrasting foliages and clumping colour will help create a natural look as well as drama and interest.
3) Avoid pathways in straight lines and try and keep garden beds random shapes and sizes for a free flowing informal look.
4) Tropical gardens do need a lot of water and many pants are only suited to warmer climates. But there are varieties of palms and ferns that can cold temperatures, just ask for advise at your local nursery
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