Envision stepping out into a tropical oasis made for relaxing, entertaining and enjoying nature…
Even in the smallest of areas you can create an inviting, liveable space the whole family can enjoy. With clever landscaping design, a luscious planting scheme and well-placed outdoor furniture, you’ll be well on your way to creating your zen zone! Just nab a few ideas from this garden.
Into the wild
1. Do try this at home! Contrast dense plantings of ferns and elephant’s ears (Alocasia sp.) with pavers fringed with dichondra.
Solitude is bliss
2. Need a break? Head outside and enjoy a little nature. This garden provides a sense of tranquillity and it’s practical too – entertain on the deck or walk through the foliage to a chill-out zone – a built‑in bench positioned by a wall of star jasmine. Inhale and unwind!
Touch of the jungle
3. Among the striking tropical plants it’s nice to include a few classics, such as this lovely scented frangipani.
Find your downtime
4. Separated from the entertaining zone by a split level and foliage, yet just metres away, is this quiet seating nook.
5. Use spotted gum for the deck, as done here – it’s native, hard-wearing. The built‑in bench seat (behind the table) is a versatile addition for entertaining.
- Angel’s trumpet
- Bird of paradise
- Canna lily
- Sacred Bali bamboo
For mid layers
- Crinum lily
- Fijian fire plant
For climbing and groundcover
- Zoysia grass
The illusion of space
6. An important part of this landscape is the use of new and old materials. The lower foliage ties seamlessly into an elevated recycled-brick garden bed which wraps around the deck. This soft green border creates an illusion of space, hiding the fence and blurring boundaries.
7. Furniture can dictate how a space will be used, so consider it carefully. Use pieces to help create different zones in the garden such as entertaining, dining and relaxing. Here, a sleek rocking chair invites you to kick back.
Pot it sweet
8. Complement an elegant garden design with stylish furniture and other objects. This crisp white cylindrical planter with intricate surround is a nice touch. Echo what’s featured in the garden in your pots, here Philodendron sp.