Anyone with even a passing interest in growing exotic plants will be aware of Will Giles, gardener, author, tv personality who has over the last 30 odd years created The Exotic Garden in the centre of Norwich. The garden is a blend of very tender plants and hardy plants with an exotic feel, and does transport you to another place. The garden to us has a very Caribbean feel, with extremely bright colours combined with lush large leaves.
Hard to believe this photo is taken in the centre of Norwich. The house, which appears to be a fairly traditional looking British home, has a balcony and verandah added to the front, which when festooned with jungly climbers and curios transforms the feel of the home.
|Zingy and bright colours, clashing perhaps but looking very exotic|
|Tall bananas - we have seen photos of the winter protection for the Musa basjoo, complemented by more tender bananas|
|Succulents with more leafy plants, I really like this combination. Many of the succulents are in pots and I assume moved to more a benign location for winter.|
|A delightful cascade by the rear door of the house, the pool was home to a selection of koi.|
I love the selection of bells hanging from this seating area. I think we may borrow this idea for our garden.
A perfect end to our weekend away to Norfolk, and a few ideas that no doubt will appear in our own garden in due course :)
After posting this blog post it is with sadness we learnt that Will Giles lost his battle with cancer. Thank you Will for creating a wonderful garden and providing so many with the enthusiasm and information on so many unusual exotic plants. You will be much missed by everyone in the gardening world. Our thoughts are with Wills family and friends.
Mark and Gaz