Six on Saturday – The Rainforest Garden

I started this garden several years ago, the idea was to recreate a rainforest using mostly colors and textures in shades of plum and green with a few pops of color. My Living Room looks into this space so the plants are placed around the windows to shape views from the inside and outside. Here is what I started with:

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I referred to this ‘landscape’ as the beach with weeds. The glob of plant material on the right side had to be removed with a bobcat – I poked around at it with loppers for a while then gave up and had everything scraped out. The existing irrigation was capped off and I installed above ground tubing and microspray heads to keep the water off the walkway and be very efficient. The sand holds very little water and is mostly unamended – plant material was chosen carefully to cope with the conditions.

walkway construction

I planted the areas around the walk, and then hired a contractor to install plastic edging. I installed the fabric, then leveled the sand, added stepping stones and shell gradually. I have a crushed shell driveway and had a pile of leftover shell. This is 2018.

rainforest garden

Later in 2018 with the walkway completed. I am not sure how long all that took, though I remember it was many tiny wheelbarrows of shell…

Here it is today, I am standing under an Avocado tree planted about 4 years ago.


One of the plum and green Bromeliad beds:


Looking back, I am amazed at how quickly the garden has grown in and enjoy sitting in the garden with a glass of wine frequently.

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Happy Gardening.


16 comments on “Six on Saturday – The Rainforest Garden

  1. Lisa says:

    That looks so nice and cool and inviting! I love the color you painted the walls too. It’s amazing what just a few years difference can make.


  2. March Picker says:

    Your before and afters are great! Looks like a place anyone would want to visit.


  3. That is a really nice spot. You often write about your sandy soil and now I can really see it. I also like the house color.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, what a huge improvement and transformation. You clearly follow Emerson when he suggests ‘we leave the world a better place.’ 🙂


  5. The house and garden really relate to each other – the results make your hard work worth it.


  6. Cathy says:

    Wow! What a transformation Amy! Hiw lovely to have such a large tree already, and an avicado tree atvthat. What is the heart-leafed shrub in the flower bed? Lovely big leaves that remind me of Paulownia.

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  7. Karen says:

    You created a lovely spot to sit and enjoy a glass of wine. With all the rain recently, it really feels like we are actually living in a rain forest. 😊

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  8. tonytomeo says:

    Bromeliads look so happy there, without burned edges. I some a bunch go into a landscape here years ago. I was baffled that a ‘landscaper’ would do that’. I was even more baffled that the ‘landscaper’ found so many here. They must have been sold as houseplants. I doubt they are still there.

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  9. What an amazing transformation. You’ve created a beautiful garden

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