This vignette captures an unnamed white rose grown in the nursery, clearly dispelling the idea we can't use roses in our Florida landscape.
Color, fragrance, display, illusion and perspective are the elements of a beautiful tropical garden. In South Florida we have the challenges of heat, drought, and salt tolerance to garden with, along with a rate of growth which may keep you forever pruning if you are not careful in your planning.
There are more year-round options with colors and shapes in sub-tropical and tropical foliages in planting beds. Planting according to mature height is a key to low maintenance, along with avoiding rampant growers.
A successfully constructed layered planting grows in at each plant's mature size. No weeds here! Skillful arrangement and artistry prevents a dreaded misch-masch of plants growing in at the same levels, bare ground below shrubs, and plants overtaking other plants.
The tropical garden displays each plant in its full form, and the ground is covered with some natural material from the flattest layer, with various levels halfway or less to the treetops. Palms are important for a vertical woody framework, especially slender trunks in groups, or palms with ornamental trunks. Ask for "self-cleaning" varieties and lower your arborist bill!
Plantings should blend together neatly with sufficient space for each plant or plant group to make a show without overgrowing others. In this small section is a tapestry of texture, colors and flowers.
A free flowing "Pink Cup and Saucer Vine" is charming contrast with the pencil thin silver palm trunks in the background, the view finished with the lush heads of fan palms forming a dark backdrop for the silver. Wide curvaceous swathes of St. Augustine grass bordered with stone are a neat, low plane of green, and useful for strolling the grounds.
Careful use of contrasting foliages, heights, the right balance of green, floral accents timed for continuous show, and stone or paved accents in a beautiful composition are the components of the cultivated tropical garden worldwide. At Jesse Durko's Nursery you will find everything you need from personally collected stock time-tested for South Florida horticulture.