I have designed a few gardens in Dorset with a tropical feel. They could have been traditional (rectilinear) or curvilinear in style, but it is the planting that has provided the tropical atmosphere. In Dorset the climate is mild, so we are able to grow slightly more tender plants than elsewhere in Britain with a little protection, such as Musa basjoo (banana tree). However, most of the plants that I select are very hardy but still have a tropical look, such as palm trees (Trachycarpus & Cordyline australis), Prunus cerasifera 'Nigra', Euphorbia griffithii, Fritillaria imperialis and Hemerocallis 'Ruby Spider'. I love working with people to achieve their dreams of far away places.
Ann Balmforth
ann balmforth GARDEN DESIGNS - Your local Dorset Garden Designer/Landscape Architect
If you have any questions regarding the designs please don’t hesitate to contact me.