A productive urban garden with a tropical feel. Photography: Claire Takacs | Story: Australian House & Garden

Ripe For The Picking: A Productive Urban Garden

Horticulturist Hendrik Van Leeuwen’s garden is a shining example of a productive urban garden and shows how we could make better use of our backyards.

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Syzygium australe 'Aussie Southern' / Lilly Pilly. Could be good for screening the neighbour's garage, behind the jacaranda. Looks like it is quite narrow, or can be kept that way at least.:

Line the driveway on Johns side - Syzygium australe 'Aussie Southern' / Lilly Pilly. Could be good for screening the neighbour's garage, behind the jacaranda. Looks like it is quite narrow, or can be kept that way at least.

Palms surrounded by Birds Nest Fern and Cordylines

Planning a tropical garden

Just love the sandstone with the tropical planting. Have started this in my front yard.

Pleached Ficus hillii/ remove 3' wide tile flr frm wall edge. Plant 30; ficus trees. Form privacy fence above stucco wall. I hv seen in Beverly Hills.

Shafer Design Ltd. In coastal temperate regions of Australia this look can be achieved using Waterhousea floribunda GREEN AVENUE Pbr or Acmena smithii SUBLIME Pbr - also good options where container size is limited.

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