Garden ideas: tropical plants in traditional gardens

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Tropical plants aren’t just for mediterranean or modern houses. Tropicals can work in any garden setting. The Victorians were passionate about tropical plants and used them in their traditional style gardens to great effect. So much more interesting than a purely tropical garden (which can look a little ‘hotel’ if you’re not careful) or an English style border.

These are all easy to grow in the bay area:

Canna
Brugmansia
Zantedeschia (calla lily)
Strelitzia (birds of paradise)
Crocosima
Eryngum
Acanthus
Kniphofia
Agapanthus
Phormium

Vines:
Passiflora
Mandevillia
Campsis (trumpet vine)
Bougainvillea

Trees:
Palms
Citrus
Loquat
Banana

Above is the Larnach Castle garden in Dunedin, New Zealand. Below are two of the cottages at the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia.

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tropical cottage garden tended.wordpress.com

tropical cottage garden tended.wordpress.com