Mosman Park Â
Jungle Fever! In most parts of the South West of Western Australia you would not expect to find a lush tropical garden but with the correct plant selection, conditioning of the soil, fertilising and layering of plants, you can create your own piece of â€˜paradiseâ€™ with a little help from my company Gardens from Eden. Â The aim of this renovation of an existing garden in Mosman Park was to create a lush and colourful tropical garden with a â€˜jungle feelâ€™. The original garden contained a number of large tree ferns, palms, umbrella trees, Hibiscus and New Zealand Christmas trees that provided a dense upper canopy to protect the home from the harsh coastal winds and provide some privacy from adjoining properties. Whilst it served these functions well, it cast a dense shade that only allowed in a little natural light, particularly during the winter months. The plantings below were very â€˜greenâ€™ and mainly contained ferns and an exquisite collection of Cliviaâ€™s and epiphyllums. We dug up these collections before the main work commenced and then re-incorporated them into the new planting design later on.
Plantings were layered or tiered to provide good ground cover, density of planting and varying height. Specimen or â€˜feature plantsâ€™ were to be used as â€˜highlights or to draw attention to certain parts of the garden and to provide height. These feature plants included palms, a large cycad, Agaves, large bromeliads and a transplanted birdâ€™s nest fern and pony tail palm from the original garden. Â Furthermore aÂ large metal urn, low bowl and bench provided focal points in the garden along with a terracotta pot that was relocated from another part of the garden.
The owners were delighted with the finished effect and whenever they feel like a tropical break or holiday all they have to do is step outside in their own piece of paradise. Maybe you could also catch â€˜jungle feverâ€™ this year and holiday at home.