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If your ideal garden is overflowing with lush plants and brightly colored flowers, plant an exotic garden! Yes, but how do you do when you live around the 45th parallel north? Halfway between the North Pole and the Equator, it is not yet the tropics... Yet by choosing the right plants and the decor that goes with it, you dream of the exotic garden.

Your exotic garden in a temperate climate

What makes the charm of an exotic garden is to be... exotic in the sense of "who belongs to a distant country". Many species of plants from warmer regions than ours can nevertheless adapt to our temperate climate.
However, it must be taken into account that certain species will need to be frost-free or carefully protected from the cold during the whole winter season. Do you have the opportunity to enter a veranda or a greenhouse great stews?
An exotic garden requires fertile and well drained soil.
Your land must imperatively be sunny and especially to sheltered from the wind.
To avoid mistakes, ask a landscaper or a nurseryman specialized in exotic plants. He will guide you.

Design your exotic garden

A garden exotic is lush. Plants are planted in a dense manner to give an impression of opulence. Install groves with trees (palm trees, banana trees, catalpa) in the middle, then shrubs and brightly colored flowers. Draw narrow, winding paths to reach a straw hut or open area with a hammock.
If you have the option, install a small natural pond or a garden pond curved and whose edges will disappear under the vegetation.
Use only natural materials: wood for a terrace, bamboo for a palisade, stone weathered by the years and disappearing under the moss or grasses.
The exotic garden is a messy space (but a disorder organized anyway) and above all it is exuberant.

Choosing plants for your exotic garden

Depending on the region where you live, some plants will be more suitable than others. In Nice and Dunkirk, the winters are not the same... But there are unavoidable varieties, without which your exotic garden would not be one!

  • Palm trees: What would an exotic garden be without a palm tree?
    Among the cold-resistant species, you can choose the Chinese palm tree with slender trunk topped with large palms, the miniature palm tree of Suchan that resists up to -17°, the Mediterranean palm almost indestructible.
  • banana tree: Japanese banana or Musa basjoo, resists up to -15°.
  • Bamboos: They will quickly give a lush grove to become invasive if you do not root the roots of an "anti-rhizome" barrier.

Other trees can also decorate your exotic garden: The catalpa with its broad leaves, the alluring more known by the very nice name of the tree of paradise, the fig tree with its pretty cut leaves.

Among the shrubs and plants that will garnish the foot of the trees: The Japanese aucuba variegated foliage, giant hostas with large green or yellow leaves, mahonias with spicy leaves, tree ferns, classic but still decorative heucheres, cannas with beautiful flowers, bright colors, elegant port arums, bougainvillea or hibiscus.

How to decorate your exotic garden?

Ban synthetic and resin. For more authenticity, adopt bamboo and wood... exotic, of course, but labeled FSB, which guarantees the sustainable management of forests.
The garden furniture can be and teak, eucalyptus, rattan or bamboo. Bamboo lends itself to the manufacture of many accessories in the house and especially for the tableware. Enjoy it!
For the evening, opt for torches or lanterns. But if you can not do without the electricity fairy, choose rustic fixtures.
And most importantly, do not forget the hammock! On its own, it contains all the exoticism and sweetness of living in the sun.
Silence! Zzzz....

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