The "abundant" trend is fashionable in the garden and makes it easy to get away from it all. To have a jungle at home, the plants with the exotic aspect do not miss. Keep in mind that all plants with generous leaves, even gigantic, will immediately give the desired tropical appearance. The same is true of brightly colored foliage and all the picturesque and little known flowers.
The arrangement of plants plays a vital role. If you scatter your boarders, you will miss your effect. Same result if you associate plants too close to appearance. Be sure to mix slender shapes (phormiums and grasses) with large round leaves (gunneras type...). Placing them under a parasol shrub (Aralia elata...) or a banana tree will be enough to create the atmosphere.
Use strong colors, even downright flashy, but sparingly. Driven in a green mass, they will be enough to spice up the atmosphere without falling into the variegation.
Because of the size of their foliage, all these plants are afraid of the wind: think to install your exotic corner in a sheltered part of the garden. They are not really rustic either. The most fragile will be returned in a cold greenhouse during the winter. You can very well install them outside in a pot by burying it. The others (banana trees, gunnéras...) will be copiously mulched.
Most often, these plants are "greedy" who appreciate the humus and a solid food. In the spring, good manure additions will help them start vigorously. Also, keep in mind that to stay lush, they require regular water intake. If your land is not naturally wet, consider spreading the sprinkler systems well and spreading generous organic mulches.
The same in color... The cannas have decorative foliage. Prefer variegated varieties, such as 'Durban', 'Tropicanna' (above) or 'Panach' (streaked with yellow). You will use them to tone up the grass clumps.
The wet places, at the edge of the streams, will welcome the astonishing lysichitons. They bloom their big white or yellow cornets in March-April. Follows an enormous foliage, comparable to that of a banana tree without trunk.
Although very rustic, the Aralia elata bear on a thin trunk a huge parasol of foliage which evokes the tree ferns. The variegated forms of white are even more picturesque.
The hippéastrums ("indoor amaryllis") can spend the year in the ground if the climate is not too rough. Elsewhere, a blanket of straw will suffice them. We find more and more often in gardens.
Do not hesitate to let the banana trees grow in bushes. Surrounded by other lush plants, they give an impenetrable jungle effect, and the trails then take on a forest track.
Rain cover for winter
Various plants, such as hardy bromeliads, are more fearful of winter rains than cold. A transparent plastic roof and a collar of gravel will be enough to put them out of water.
The chilly gunneras with huge leaves start early in the season. Until the beginning of May. In case of announced frost, provide a protective veil on young shoots
Large, cold, persistent plants can not be fully protected without being asphyxiated. Just pack dead leaves or straw on the foot to save the stump in the event of a cold snap.
Whenever possible, leave the leaves dry on grasses. All winter, mow early (end of February) to avoid cutting new growth, and always leave 15 to 30 cm of thatch.