To take advantage of a neglected or unused area in the garden, design a wonderful framework to take the family through the different stages of life. Turn an eyesore into an eye-catcher by creating a tropical jungle!
Use contrasting foliage and layer the heights of the plants to mimic a miniature rainforest. With careful selection of species, you can bring the tropical look to any climate.
Cyperus papyrus - Paper weed
The graceful stems arise from a network of thick woody rhizomes that tend to form into large clumps. The stems are topped by feathery clusters of wiry branched ‘spikes’ that are 15-30 cm in length and arranged in delicate, sphere-shaped umbels. They prefer a wet position and can take over, so be mindful of the area that it is being planted out with this.
Elaeocarpus eumundi - Quandong
This beautiful, small, native rainforest tree has attractive bronzy maroon new growth and broad shiny green leaves. During late spring to early summer the tree bears clusters of sweetly scented cream flowers. It is a small tree that grows into a columnar shape from 4 to 8 m.
Lomandra hystrix ‘Katies belles’
This grass with an arching habit has masses of big, yellow flowers through spring for months at a time. Katie Belles generally will grow to a maximum height of 1.5m. It is suited to moist soils, as well as tolerating dry conditions.
Arthropodium cirratum ‘Matapouri Bay’ - NZ Rock Lily
This has upright, green-grey, strappy foliage that in summer is crowned
with lovely panicles of starry white flowers. Once established, it is drought hardy and prefers a full-sun to semi shaded position.
Agapanthus ‘Black Panther’
This grows to 1m tall and has deep blue, almost black flower heads. It flowers over a long period and is a tough, drought-hardy plant that prefers a full-sun position for optimal flowering.
Liriope muscari ‘Pure Blonde’ - Liriblonde
In early spring or late winter, this Liriope re-shoots predominately new leaves that are white to cream colour, and even sometimes golden. The colour depends on the climate and the level of shade. This provides a great contrast to the other green foliaged plants.
Ixora chinenis - Prince of orange
The bright orange flowers are produced continually through the warm months and well into autumn. The foliage is glossy and as the entire shrub never grows more than a metre or so making it suitable for container growing. It prefers full sun to part shade.
Three fantastic ways to utilise the tropical jungle at different times in ones life:
The Avanti All Weather Wicker Outdoor Furniture Collection is designed to go the distance and is the perfect solution for any outdoor area, whether fully exposed or protected from the elements.
The ‘Paridisio Lounger’ is a beautifully designed piece, and with the shade sail, lounging around the garden can be an all day event!
An old pallet can be transformed into a yoga platform, with decking timber, a circular saw and an imagination. With a centrally placed nail and some string, an accurate diameter can be drawn, once the decking timber has been drilled into place. Then it is simply a matter of sawing the circle.
This, coupled with a water feature, creates the perfect ambiance for yoga and meditation! A Willie Wildlife Birdbath that is handcrafted in bronze provides the calming effect that water brings, for this setting. The ‘Galah Birdbath Bowl’ is 1200mm in diameter.
The ‘Townhouse’ is made from arsenic-free, kid-safe treated pine, which has outstanding weather durability and is both moisture and termite resistant. While the timbers used in the construction of The Townhouse are of a highly durable nature, the addition of the stain will enhance your cubby's appearance and protect it from the elements.
www.aaronsoutdoor.com.au - (Townhouse Cubby house)
www.anlscape.com.au - (Organic soil mix)
www.scottsaustralia.com.au - (Potting mix)
www.thesavvygarden.com.au - (Paridiso lounger)
www.williewildlifesculpture.com.au - (Galah Birdbath Bowl)
www.wirreandanursery.com.au - (Native plants)