Real garden: Steve Moodey has created a tropical retreat

Real gardens: taste of the tropics

Discover how one reader transformed an ordinary back garden into a vibrant jungle-inspired retreat

Real garden: Steve Moodey uses bold foliage and unusual plants to create a tropical vibe
Real garden: Steve Moodey uses bold foliage and unusual plants to create a tropical vibe

When visitors arrive at Steve Moodey’s ordinary terraced house in Oxfordshire, they don’t expect to be transported to the tropics upon stepping into the back garden. Steve has squeezed a dazzling array of plants into his 23mx8m garden, to create a space that is bursting with colour and textures. He combines exotic plants, such as tetrapanax, colocasia and schefflera, with more familiar garden favourites, such as dahlias, nasturtiums, cannas, agapanthus and amaranthus, which add colour and look tropical when combined with palms and other lush-leaved plants.

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