Anything in pairs is exponentially better: dogs, candlesticks, topiaries… Symmetry in the garden is like punctuation. It says “look over here, this spot is important.” Symmetry at an entrance or transition point hints at even cooler things beyond. It’s a simple, perfect solution.
Above, the matching small potted trees make the massive wall of a cathedral in Melbourne, Australia feel softer and less imposing, and keep the doorway from getting lost.
A cottage in Hobart, Tasmania. The symmetry here is soft and inviting, drawing attention to the balance and charm of the victorian woodwork and turquoise door.
A courtyard and entry in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Beautiful and timeless.
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:
Zantedeschia (calla lily)
Strelitzia (birds of paradise)
Campsis (trumpet vine)
Above is the Larnach Castle garden in Dunedin, New Zealand. Below are two of the cottages at the Fitzroy Gardens in Melbourne, Australia.