Garden of Eden at home
From the paradisiacal Adam and Eve’s Garden of Eden, to the Hebrews garden of exodus in the ancient Egypt, among all types of existing gardens, one of the most exotic has been the tropical garden. It could be for the strange combination of long days, frequent rains and high temperatures, which causes plants growing with large leaves and flowers that are originally from tropical climate regions such as Southeast Asia, Northern Australia, the Caribbean, the countries of the Pacific Islands, Central America and Equatorial Africa.
But these tropical gardens are not exclusive from those regions, there are many landscapers and gardeners that make possible its recreation through a careful selection of tropical plant and flower species. Spaces that recreate the jungle thickness, with white stone paths that hide secret places. Organic forms, flexible and sinuous that flee from straight lines or sharp curves.
The main characteristics of its design are plants with larger leaves where vegetation forms a compact background. Large plants are used but trees must be small to allow sunlight entering to the ground. The tropical garden is one of the most difficult to build and maintain, and it is more difficult the more the local climate differs from its natural habitat. They need an abundance of light and water.
Large-leaved plants require a moist soil, so irrigation is a must in some of these gardens. However, an excess of this can also cause root rot.
In general, tropical plants need hot (30º C / 86º F) and humid climates, and for optimal growth, they must be consistent throughout the year. They can grow in any warm climate, although in less ideal conditions the plants will be smaller, or their growth will be slower, and they will have fewer flowers.
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