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A Gardener's Guide to Subtropical Climates

A Gardener's Guide to Subtropical Climates

How to Bring Your Subtropical Garden to Life

How to Bring Your Subtropical Garden to Life

Michael Bates and Family — The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Michael Bates and Family — The Design Files | Australia's most popular design blog.

Australian garden designer Michael Cooke's house entry is framed by lush mixed plantings of Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa), grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp), massed aloes (Aloe spp.) and more. Photographed by Daniel Shipp. via The Design Files

Australian garden designer Michael Cooke's house entry is framed by lush mixed plantings of Gymea lily (Doryanthes excelsa), grass trees (Xanthorrhoea spp), massed aloes (Aloe spp.) and more. Photographed by Daniel Shipp. via The Design Files

Alexander palms and cordylines reach toward the canopy. Below, *Trachelospermum jasminoides* ‘Tricolor’, one of the hardiest groundcover plants, spills from its raised bed.

Alexander palms and cordylines reach toward the canopy. Below, *Trachelospermum jasminoides* ‘Tricolor’, one of the hardiest groundcover plants, spills from its raised bed.

With a remnant bushland backdrop, this Sam Cox-designed garden in Wattle Glen (Victoria, Australia), is a wonderful example of how traditional natives, indigenous plants and considered design create a sense of place.

With a remnant bushland backdrop, this Sam Cox-designed garden in Wattle Glen (Victoria, Australia), is a wonderful example of how traditional natives, indigenous plants and considered design create a sense of place.

Strelitzia niclolai, the Natal Wild Banana, graces a container in The Entry Garden. Photo by Lisa Roper

Strelitzia niclolai, the Natal Wild Banana, graces a container in The Entry Garden. Photo by Lisa Roper

This is a great plant layout for a shade area! Place banana trees in the very back as corner pieces and philodendron directly in front. A Sago centerpiece will always look amazing and is super low maintenance! Wrap up the look with some variegated Acuba in the front for a burst of color and Mondo grass to mix up textures. Love this look? Hop by or call 912-756-7258 to transport this beautiful arrangement into your own backyard! *Original picture*

This is a great plant layout for a shade area! Place banana trees in the very back as corner pieces and philodendron directly in front. A Sago centerpiece will always look amazing and is super low maintenance! Wrap up the look with some variegated Acuba in the front for a burst of color and Mondo grass to mix up textures. Love this look? Hop by or call 912-756-7258 to transport this beautiful arrangement into your own backyard! *Original picture*