Making a Tropical Design
A wide area is usually required to make a beautiful tropical garden. However, one can simulate the same tropical effect in a small area of land.
- Use plants with big leaves like the Fiscus benjamina. This tree grows big and lush, although once can control its growth by frequent pruning.
- Place plants close to each other so the garden will look like a forest.
- Put different kinds of plant that are found in places with tropical climate or drought plants such as the following:
- Trees: Fiscus benjamina, triangular palm, apoka tree, yukka palm
- Shrub: santan, palmera, mauna loa, zebra, red ginger
- Climbers: bougainvillea
- Ground cover: violet lantana, cucharita, cuphea, forebolus, ferns and golden duranta.
- Put water features like a small pond.
Designing an Oriental Garden
The objective of an oriental garden is to communicate peace and serenity of mind and emotion. this is the reason why the design of a tropical garden should have a unique from and appearance and be thought of very well. The adage “simplicity is beauty” applies here. This is also design leaves a lot of areas unplanted. Flowering plants are seldom used in an oriental garden.
source: tlrc.gov.ph, photo from latad.com