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Tropical look

Hi all,

I've stripped out my garden of the dreaded decking from two locations within my garden.

Am looking for some inspiration from you all the plan is to have a white low level wall around the garden with some lighting within the walls and new fencing in front of my current fence, slattered fencing, ice currrntly for a old olive tree , tree fern and a few fatsia plants along with a bananna plant.

my idea is to create a tropical / Mediterranean look along with two large patio area with winding pathway all made from black slate tiles.



  • Due to the split level I have I plan to create a large patio area then another at the back by my garage with a possible pergola. 

    I have a home bar I want to use my garden all year long and so it's got plently to look at along with nice lush looking design and planting 

  • fidgetbonesfidgetbones Posts: 13,942

    If you can find last weeks big dreams little spaces on BBC iplayer,  they had someone on with about your size of space that went for a tropical garden.  Off the top of my head, bananas, trachycarpus fortunei, hedychium and cannas.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 23,779

    I'd go with one or the other. Mediterranean conjures up images of drought resistant sun lovers, tropical lush leafy plants lapping up as much water as you can give them.

    For me, I'd go tropical as you have a wonderful tree fern already.

  • Thanks both 

    watched I player last night didn't really support my plan but am happy to see any related plans, tropical is more more favourite planting and the stock I have lends to this plan, I've bought more fatsia spider plants and lavenders.

  • punkdocpunkdoc Sheffield, Derbyshire border.Posts: 7,650

    Joe, you might be getting a little muddled here.

    Lavender are Mediterranean plants and like it dry.

    Tropical plants tend to like much more moisture.

    They will not grow together very well.

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  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 23,779

    Joe, check out the jumbo hostas, Sum and Substance, Empress Wu and many others. Also have a look at cannas and hedychiums.

    If you're on f book, there's a group " hardy tropical gardening" some great ideas and specialist knowledge there.

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