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Tuesday, February 16, 2021

How to Create an Exotic Garden

If your garden is in need of a boost or new feature, or you want a new project to work on, an exotic garden could be the perfect option for you. Here are just a few tips on how to create a great exotic garden, what you could include, how to help it thrive, and what the benefits could be.

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What is an exotic garden?

At its most basic, an exotic garden is a garden, or area in a garden, that features tropical plants and flowers. You don’t have to rip out your whole yard to create one, as you could start in a corner or small section first, to see how you get on. As your skills and plants grow, so can your garden. The RHS’s Garden Wisley has a great exotic garden that you can look at to gain some inspiration for your own! Adding a water feature in your exotic garden is another way to add an extra layer of interest, as there are plenty of different options, from ponds to fountains that you can explore at, to find what would work best for you.

Think about the location

Within your garden, you should consider the location in which you want to start your exotic garden. Tropical plants are typically thought to be very difficult to maintain, especially in colder climates, but there are certain types that are hardier than others. You can experiment in your garden to find the areas that allow more sensitive plants flourish best, as this may be a good place to start your garden. You could also use conservatories or greenhouses to add an extra layer of protection against the elements.

Add colors

Many exotic plants are known for their vibrant colors, which can make your garden eye-catching and beautiful. Consider different colors and textures to make it a real feast for the eyes. Dahlias and cannas are popular options due to their colors and shapes, as well as shrubbery such as ferns and bamboo. Combining texture, color, and shape can help you to create a truly unique and exciting exotic garden.

Consider the temperature

It is important to consider the climate in which you live, as many tropical plants thrive in warmer temperatures. However, if you do your research and care for your garden properly, you can have a healthy exotic garden that can withstand different temperatures. Hardy exotic plants include bamboo, hibiscus, and yucca. Choosing plants that suit your climate can mean that you may not be able to have the exact types you want, but with so many to choose from, you will be able to find a happy medium.

Use layers

Densely planting your flowers and plants can help to achieve a more exotic, jungle look. Using items such as raised beds and hanging baskets can add some great levels to your exotic garden. Dense foliage can also provide great habitats for wildlife to live in by providing shade and covers for insects and animals. Adding a bird bath fountain to your garden can also encourage birds to visit!

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