After final photo!: Steer clear of thirsty plants. Bold succulents—agaves, aloes & aeonium—give Brooke’s garden the tropical foliage she wanted without the heavy water requirements. There’s also a lot less lawn to be irrigated now—she left just en.
Mexican tree ocotillos + agave: Here, fanlike Mexican tree ocotillos (Fouquieria macdougalii) serve as a backdrop for equally spaced agaves (Agave ‘Blue Glow’) and low chartreuse Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’.
Love these giant bromeliads I was thinking about as features they would definitely add interest but not sure whether they would work in the UK climate. The giant ferns in the background (if that is what they are) also add interest.
Good example of layering - can use these sorts of plants in most of your garden beds. So you've got tall palms at the back, the Elephant ear adds drama, the cordylines (red ones) colour, and the lower philodendron covers the ground.
Can snake plants grow outdoors without planters? As an added bonus the snake plants (AKA Sansevieria trifasciata) are one of the better plants at filtering out formaldehyde, which is found in many household products.
Influenced by the many lush tropical gardens in the coastal neighbourhood and overseas. Tropical plants are also amazingly hardy. It also helps that Bilgola is full of red volcanic soil so everything grows really well!