When it came to choosing plants, Wendy didn't want anything too formal. "We were…

We were influenced by the many lush tropical gardens in our coastal neighbourhood and overseas, too, she says. Tropical plants are also amazingly hardy. It also helps that Bilgola is full of red volcanic soil so everything grows really well!

Tips for Small-Space Landscapes Take Advantage of Texture Big, bold tropical plants create a lush feel. Their large leaves can change the scale of a small space to help it feel larger.

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‘Hot Rio Nights’ works well as a screen plant in narrow spaces. It fans out to 3 to 4 meters. A good alternative to Bamboo