Our goal was to transform a baron and neglected garden into our dream tropical oasis, right here in the UK. The garden had been neglected for 15 years before we moved in as the property had previously been a rental. We set about building a tropical garden in Autumn 2018 and had to overcome a number of hurdles. The heavy clay soil was badly compacted and needed to be opened up and enriched if any tropical or exotic plants were going to grow in this space. We dug a stream to provide the humidity that the tropical style plants would need and to attract wildlife into our tropical garden. Slowly we added more and more exotic and unusual plants to help bring our dream of a creating tropical garden alive.
With the addition of a puppy, changes has to be made to make our tropical garden safe for the dog. A short while later we added a greenhouse which helped broaden the range of exotic plants I could grow. The greenhouse was the catalyst in the creation of ‘Grow Paradise’, our online shop for tropical and exotic plants.
Growing a tropical garden in the UK can be a bit challenging due to the cooler temperatures and lower light levels compared to tropical regions. However, with the right plants and care, it is possible to create a tropical oasis in the UK. Here are some tips to help you get started:
Choose the right plants: Look for tropical plants that are hardy enough to withstand cooler temperatures, such as banana trees, palms, Fatsias and cordylines.
Choose the right location: Look for a spot in your garden that gets plenty of sunlight, as tropical plants need a lot of light to thrive. South-facing walls or areas protected from strong winds can also help to create a microclimate that is more suitable for tropical plants.
Use a greenhouse or conservatory: A greenhouse or conservatory can help to provide the warm, humid conditions that tropical plants need, especially during the cooler months.
Use insulation and protection: Insulate your plants with fleece or bubble wrap to help protect them from frost. You can also use cloches or grow tents to create a warmer, more protected environment for your tropical plants.
Water regularly: Tropical plants need a lot of water to thrive, so be sure to water them regularly, especially during dry spells. Use a moisture meter to help you gauge when your plants need watering.
By following these tips, you should be able to successfully grow a tropical garden in the UK. Good luck!
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