The Q&A Archives: Tropical garden- trendy or overboard?

Question: I have a long strip of retaining wall approx 75 ft long and 3 feet wide.
I would like to plant a tropical garden. It gets morning sun, filtered day and late afternoon shade.
The plants I would like to include are: 2 Austrailian tree fern, carolina jessamine or tangerine Beauty crossvien, caleb or brilliant hibiscus, some type of banana or bird of paradise, flowering shrub-such as patriot rainbow lantana.
would this go? I have a tendency to overdo and I want it to look simple, but well planned and interesting without a lot of deadspace.
Any suggestions?
Thank you!
Oh yeah, by the pool, I have a strip of about 24 in of rock. I have to plant in planters. I am thinking of a few red banana (because they go well in pots? alternating with a climber on a trellis. I want to avoid just plain fencing along the pool, but the soil there is not good for growing. What would grow well in pots and offer a lot of fence coverage?

Answer: Your plant list sounds do-able. The beauty of a tropical rainforest is that there are many layers of plants and the plants grow together into a beautiful mass. I don't think you'll over-do. If, after a few years, things get overcrowded, you can always dig and transplant a few. Red banana trees grow well in containers, as long as you keep them well watered. Some good climbers include honeysuckle and star jasmine. Both will adapt to growing in containers.

Best wishes with your tropical paradise!

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