How to Create a Tropical Garden | Mitre 10 Easy As Garden


Deciding on a planting theme can be a
real help when it comes to choosing which plants to grow. I’m going to show
you how to create a tropical garden, but whatever theme you end up choosing, one
simple rule will help you get it right. Well designed gardens have plants that
cover three categories, feature, filler, spiller and the best thing is that this
rule can apply to any scale of garden. The feature plant should be the focal
point usually giving the garden height the filler provides the next layer and
fills out the design and lastly the spiller is often something like a ground
cover. A great tip to accompany our golden rule is that within this layout
to add diversity mix and match plants that offer fragrance, foliage and flowers.
I’m gonna be keeping things really simple today, our plants are gonna go
into some pots so that on the deck we can arrange them best to fit into the
space. I’ll kick off with our star jasmine. So we’ve set up our pot with a really
good base layer of pot power which has got everything you need for growing in
pots. Next one. And the last one. Right, so those look like they’re at a good level,
now we just fill it up with some more pot power. Keep in mind this pot power will reduce
a little bit over time so put in a little bit extra and then just a little
pat to secure the plants in their pot. Don’t forget a quick water and let’s
get them on the deck So I’ve chosen the Australian frangipani as our feature for its lush, evergreen foliage. It’s the tallest one at the back. Our next layer down is
our fillers so we’ve got some lovely Vireya’s as well as our bird of paradise
with the flowers and the bold foliage and then the last layer down is our
spillers, so our star jasmine for its beautiful fragrant flowers and these
beautiful bromeliads for all year round colour. And there we have it, I’m pretty
happy with that feature, filler and spiller. If you’re planting into the
ground, add some organic compost to the soil and mix it through the existing soil so
it doesn’t burn the roots. Make sure you factor in the full-grown size of your
chosen plants when planting and leave enough space around them for growth. Some tropical flower varieties are Vireya’s which are amazing in bloom and grow
to around 1 to 1.8 metres, the classic tropical hibiscus with a number of
varieties and the bird of paradise which is hardy and brings a lot of structure
to a garden. If you’re after fragrance gardenia are great as a ground cover or
can fill out to a small shrub, Australian Frangipani are easy to grow and
attract Tui’s in spring. For a fragrant climber, stephanotis grows to around 4
metres or star jasmine a popular climber or ground cover. In
terms of foliage, Cannas grow well and offer a wide range of different coloured
leaves and flowers. The Puka is an iconic New Zealand native that has huge
glossy leaves or tropical cordylines which are great for adding colour without
a flower. Make a bit of a plan, then take your plant choices in store to check
they’ll do well in your region. It’s a pretty simple regime when it comes to
watering and feeding tropicals and it’s mainly focused around summer. Water well
and often to keep the soil moist. An application of mulch should also help
with this feed them monthly over summer. Most like a
slow-release fertilizer like Nitrophoska, but a few, like gardenias, prefer
something more acidic you’ll know if you need a more acidic fertilizer if your
leaves are turning yellow. With those two simple rules – feature, filler, spiller and
foliage, fragrance, flower – garden designs should be a whole lot easier. I’m a big
fan of the tropical theme as these plants stay green right through winter but
the same principles apply to any garden design. So go get stuck in, it’s Easy As.

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