Disguise walls: Try disguising garden walls with a tumble of tropical foliage plants, like this combination of bromeliads, colocasias (taro) and monstera.

BIG IDEAS FOR SMALL GARDENS Disguise walls: Try disguising garden walls with a tumble of tropical foliage plants, like this combination of bromeliads, colocasias (taro) and monstera.

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Making Mini Water Gardens

Learn how to make a mini water garden for your patio or backyard. Information on suitable containers, water plants and planting ideas for your mini water garden.

The Design Files x The Planthunter

Clumps of bromeliads and a huge Elkhorn (Platycerium bifurcatum) are mounted onto the boundary wall, providing a luscious backdrop to the garden. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files and Georgina Reid/The Planthunter.

Yellow Wave' New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax 'Yellow Wave') The sword-shaped leaves of New Zealand flax create a lush look but require virtually no care, so the Ocampos used several varieties of it in the front bed, the side yard and the back. It's hardy to 20 degrees F. New Zealand hook sedge (Uncinia rubra) is a somewhat hardier substitute that is cold-tolerant to 10 degrees F.

The Easy-Care Yard

The sword-shaped leaves of New Zealand flax create a lush look, as do the Ocampos used in the front bed, the side yard and the back.

Ferns pathway

I like the river rock! A simple clean landscape with only two different plants! Kupukupu fern and Emerald green ti combined with stepping stones and river rock make this a low maintainace landscape.

Buxus hedge with mixed planting by William Dangar & Associates, via Flickr

Buxus hedge with mixed planting Possible in and around the weeping lilly pillys and palms. Just need to condition the soil enough so that the hedge and other plants get a chance before the lilly pilly roots invade and suck out the nutrients

Lime Zinger Elephant's Ear (Xanthosoma aurea 'Lime Zinger')Water requirement: Wet, moist soil Light requirement: Full to partial sun Mature size: 2 1/2 to 4 feet tall Seasonal interest: Summer, fall When to plant: Spring or summer

Lime Zinger Elephant's Ear (Xanthosoma aurea 'Lime Zinger')Water requirement: Wet, moist soil Light requirement: Full to partial sun Mature size: 2 to 4 feet tall Seasonal interest: Summer, fall When to plant: Spring or summer

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