Portfolio: Tropical Garden, Florida
Complete re-design for a tropical but shady rear garden in Orlando, Florida.
Makeover for a sheltered rear garden with a tropical, luscious feel.
To design a contemporary and lush outdoor space, which featured native Floridian plants and made best use of the existing tree cover. The client wanted space for entertaining, storing equipment, room for two dogs to run and shelter from the Florida heat! The existing space was very overgrown and barely used so this garden required a complete overhaul.
A couple of key factors had to be kept in mind here – primarily the hot climate – but also the considerable tree cover and client’s usage requirements. The planting choice for this climate is crucial, so I decided to stick with local species – Ginger, Rubber Plant (Ficus), Schefflera, Ferns – and also choose plants that would cope well with the shady conditions of this garden. A wooden deck was also included to link a central courtyard around the home to the rear garden. This connected further paths of decking which led to a seating area with a fire-pit, for entertaining on warm evenings. The design proposed a hard-wearing shed to provide bike and tool storage.
|Size||10.8m x 15.7m|
|Aspect||Rear garden, SE facing|
|Soil||Acidic, with significant tree cover|
|Project commenced||June 2015 Conducted survey, design & planting plan|
|Project completed||Awaiting contractor|
|Design fee||Survey, Design & Planting Plan £1500|
|Execution||Full execution estimated $10,000|