5 Steps to transform a small garden into a Jungle style oasis
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Do you want to create a tropical garden look without living in the tropics? Follow these 5 steps to create a tropical feel in any garden.
1. Subdivide your space – Really
Getting that jungle look can be achieved by creating layers of color and plants through the line of sight. Create interesting areas within the space, even just a small spot hidden behind a few plants could encourage someone to walk through to investigate.
2. Big Leaves! The bigger the better
Bananas, Birds of paradise, Hostas and elephant ear are all easy to grow big leaf plants that when layered can create a jungle feel in any garden. It is a misconception that you cannot put big plants in a small space, big plants will actually make your space look bigger. Think vertical space, then add exciting corners, layers of color and light.
3. Think Green, with splashes of bold color.
Use the large green leaves as your base, then add bold tropical look flowers to add interest. You don’t need much color however, the greens and reds of the large leaf plants will be the stars of the show.
4. Climbing vines add background interest.
Add a vine to a structure, fence or wall, night blooming jasmine passion fruit or even a grape could work. Be sure to check how aggressive the vine is before you put it on your house, some vines can damage your home or fence.
5. Accessorize to create the perfect tropical hangout.
Adding bold colored furniture, hanging lights and interesting wall art can all add to the jungle vibe and make you feel like you are in a tropical jungle paradise!
- Natural wood
We have some of these Adirondack chairs out front, they are super comfortable and can add a pop of color to any garden. Ours are dark blue to match the house, for a tropical garden I would go with a bright turquoise.