Get their look: Tropical look courtyard garden

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This tropical look courtyard garden is something we could happily live with. Our garden is a of a similar size and is laid with granite setts. We’re never going to have manicured lawns and large, cascading perennial borders. However, it does lend itself to this kind of look – an intimate, welcoming space. Perfect to accommodate relatively small scale beds, some containers & pots, a seating area and perhaps a barbecue.

The garden pictured above is located in a built up part of London – arguably the warmest area of the country. Tropical plants such as bananas and palm trees are easily grown in the capital. Up here in the rainy, frost-prone North they need a little more care & attention.

We love big, showy, architectural plants; they’re contrarily suited to small-scale gardens. Our garden is quite sheltered, but damp & shady in parts too – and often very cold in the winter. Some plants do well… others not so keen.

When we first moved to our current house 15 years ago, we planted a black bamboo in the ground and it’s flourishing – reaching heights of about 20 feet! Other tropical (or tropical-looking) plants that we’ve managed to successfully nurture in our decidedly temperate back garden include Fatsia Japonica, Rheum palmatum and Gunnera manicata.

  1. Phyllostachys Bissetii (Bamboo)
  2. Musa basjoo (Japanese banana)
  3. Canna indica (Indian shot)
  4. Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’ (Taro or Elephant ear)
  5. Agapanthus Africanus
  6. Hedychium Densiflorum (Ginger lily)
  7. Dicksonia Antarctica (New Zealand tree fern)

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