We often return from our holidays with memories of palm trees and exotic gardens that unfortunately we don’t have the climate for in the UK. But that’s not to say we can’t mimic the feel of those gardens with something a little more exotic than our traditional planting and furnishings.
Here are some great ideas from top for creating a different garden feeling, sometimes tropical, sometimes dry, but always exotic.
Water feature or pond
There are different kinds of water features that one can install in a garden. Commonly used feature is a pond, waterfall or bird bath. Installing these not only enhances your gardens appearance, but also has other benefits to offer, like offering a haven to wildlife. Sound produced by flowing water off a fountain spreads its own soothing sound, which has a calming effect on the mind.
Contrast soft and hard
Designing plants in a tropical garden ties in well with large rocks, gravel or logs .
This is a way of using those big rocks and logs to avoid the hassle and expense of removing them, and instead turn them into a great feature.
Give small spaces depth with big foliage
This garden takes advantage of big foliage plants, such as the bananas, Canna lily's and strelitzias, to make a strong statement for its diminutive size.
The large leaves draw the eye whilst adding depth to the garden.