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Tropical Garden Design
Especially with tropical garden design, it is essential to select a garden theme and then stick to it; otherwise your garden will end up looking like a fruit-salad. A tropical theme could be made up of a number of styles, so many different ideas can be incorporated into a wonderful design.

Take into account all of the design principles, however, it is always personal taste that is the final factor. Once you have chosen your theme – tropical in this instance, start your design by working around your theme.

A couple of things that need to be taken into consideration are:

Tropical Garden Design Tropical gardens need mild winters, high temperatures, high rainfall, high humidity and rich composted soil. The soil also needs to be continually nourished every 6 months. The high moisture and warm climate encourage the plants growth and result in a very green lush appearance. The larger the leaf of a plant, the more water it requires. Flowers are bright in tropical gardens, but are not present in large numbers.

If you intend creating a healthy and lusciously happy tropical garden design, you need to install an irrigation system. The system should water the plants from the top downwards, which will crate a tropical rainforest effect. In tropical jungles and forests, tropical plants always have a good ceiling, which is dense and lush. The plants create their own micro-climate.

Tropical designs have many different shades of green. We use green as the main color. Form and texture play a large role in these designs.

Tropical plants need to be protected from the cold and wind. They do well under evergreen shade trees and water features do well under shade trees as well. Shade discourages algae from growing. The sound of water and the presence of a water feature generally, enhances and beautifies a tropical garden design.

Take a look at the section on grouping your tropical plants according to design principles like form, structure and rhythm.

And “tropical-looking” plant may be used in your design. Remember it is personal taste that matters. Just make sure that your plants are zoned correctly. Learn as much as you can about each plant. Keep a file on each plant if you life. If you do, you will be successful and your plants will thrive.

Here are a couple of interesting facts about tropical plants to consider:

Large leaves make a good focal point. They frame and support the main feature and command attention. Light colored leaves bring light into a design. This is good for a dark corner in your garden. Use contrasts of green colors, repeating the rhythm for a harmonious, well-balanced tropical garden design, which is tranquil and relaxed.

The different leaf textures are really important in all-green tropical gardens. For example: there are different kinds of leaf surfaces. For example: coarse surfaced leaves, ribbed leaves, shiny surfaced leaves, prickles, woolly. Combine these leaf textures, for example feathery with shiny etc. and your garden will look great and be very successful.

Remember also that scale is important. Also, the smaller the garden is, the simpler the design needs to be. Simplicity is the key!

The interior design features inside the house of a tropical garden have bright, bold colors. The curtains are bright and so are the scatter cushions. The tiles on the patio and inside the house should have strong lines, bold and symmetrical. All this is necessary in order for the indoors and outdoors of your home to knit together and blend as one.

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