Tropical gardens are becoming increasingly popular in Britain. Their exotic and relaxing presence makes us feel like we’re on holiday without even leaving home.
The plants are impactful and contemporary, but the overall feel is timeless, and they’re also really low maintenance.
Many tropical plants are hardier than you might think and will survive cold temperatures well. However, they cannot bear drought, so it’s important to keep them well-watered, especially in the first year.
The trick to getting tropical plants to work in your garden is to mix them with British plants. Create a framework using exotic varieties, and fill them in with plants like Carex, Astranias, Miscanthus, Hostas and Japanese anemone.
Plant tropical varieties in spring, so their roots have time to get established before winter. Here are my top 10 tropical plants: