I have lived with a typical English country garden for years, roses around the door, Ivy creeping up the walls, oak, ash and apple trees in the garden etc. Since moving into the town into a Victorian house, we have done some research into Victorian gardens and found that in the day Japanese and Topical plants were quite the thing. I used to poo poo the idea of tropical gardens in this country but have been really inspired by some tropical gardens recently visited.
Our garden at the rear is walled with the original bricks (rounded tops) and is completely enclosed, a good size also for a town. It was a blank canvas with just one bush in it, Over the past few days we have transformed it. Laid turf to create a grass area and bought some mature tropical plants,2 Golden Bamboos, Wooly tree ferns, a spikey palm,Japanese Banana plant, Castor oil plants etc and it looks really lovely. Lucky enough to have a specialist tropical garden centre on the edge of the town
The front garden is small but is going to be typically English with a Privet hedge Lavender boxes and Yellow Roses around a Black front door.
It does sound lovely B and you have certainly been busy transforming. It is amazing how quickly you can turn a garden round when focused. We have golden bamboo and black bamboo, castor oil plants and general everyday ferns. Our back section is quite wet so these plants suit. Couldn't keep the tree ferns, due to frost. It is a much easier garden to look after than the traditional design.
Oohh SD, Black Bamboo, will have to get a couple of those. Shame about the tree ferns, hope I don't have the same problem. That's what I like, easy and a joy to tend, rather than a chore.
We didn't want a bare garden until the spring so put some tropical evergreens in at the moment and will then build on the quantity next spring. I remember you have some Gunnara SD and I was going to buy some but as they're not evergreen it would have defeated the object at the moment but I will put a couple in, in the spring.
I will post a photo soon as I've cleaned up a bit VW :). Also OH has put petsafe around the walls but I'll post that in another thread as it could be interesting for anyone looking for that topic in particular.
The trick with Gunnera is to make sure that you have a very wet area for them to thrive. Dig an area and line this will black plastic sheeting so that the ground will always stay wet. It has taken a few years, to spread but looks magnificent in the summer. My sisters is always wonderful and so tall, you can nearly stand underneath the leaves, yet their garden is on a hillside so not necessarily a wet area, but they prepared the ground well for it.