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The Tropical Border – 4th Year

Brilliant to see how this border has developed and I am so jealous of you being able to leave selected plants in situ. Wonderful pictures.

The Anxious Gardener

Tropical Border (1)

When I started the tropical border in 2012, it was hardly deserving of the name

Tropical Border (2)

but a year later it looked more the part.

Tropical Border (4)

And by 2014 many of the plants were enormous and the bed did have a whiff of tropicality about it.

Tropical Border (17)

This year it has continued to mature and, on the whole, I’m pleased.  I’d hoped for more height in places (if only to hide the satellite dishes) and less shirking from some of the team.

Tropical Border (24)

The weather didn’t help.  The 2015 Sussex spring was cold and stormy; summer got off to a goodish start but then turned wet, blustery and cool.  I’ve recently added an automatic watering system (see ‘The Tropical Border and How I Learnt to Hate Soaker Hose’) but this was the year I needed it least.

Melianthus major

Certain plants have flourished however.  For example, I moved two Melianthus major from lost-at-the-back to front-of-stage.

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One thought on “The Tropical Border – 4th Year

  1. Looking good! And wonderful to enjoy hot colours as autumn sets in. I grow exotics as a potted display, I like your combinations and the injection of purple very much. I guess you’ll be leaving the soaker hose in situ for next year, your earlier post on installing it was so amusing (to read!).

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