When we first moved in here 14 months ago, the front area looked a bit bare and unwelcoming. Not at all what I wanted
The shadecloth provided quite a bit of shade, but what I wanted was a more tropical green area to provide privacy and create a welcoming garden type atmosphere. I extended the mondo grass line to create a tropical garden. I want guests to get a sense already in the front, of the tropical paradise that lies beyond. Hubby liked the idea of having a privacy screen, so that you couldnt look right into the house from the road. As it started to take hold I realised I didn't want the golden cane there, which could become huge and then very difficult to remove. All the other plants seemed very happy there and have filled right out - maybe too much? I might need to thin some out.
Over the weekend I decided to take down the shade cloth. We do not use that as a car port unless visitors park there, and it was looking a bit "daggy" (dont you love that Aussie word? - it doesnt need explaining I am sure). I have a smaller triangular shade cloth that I tried, and it didnt look right, but the morning sun can be quite intense as it shines onto the front verandah, but there is no need for such a big shadecloth. I need to make sure these plants get enough water too as it might be a shock now that their shade is removed.
The funny thing is that for my gardening group, everyone came through the plant entrance, and the car wasnt even there!
After these photos were taken I tied the costus up to to a stake and that opened up the area a bit better. I think non-gardeners dont like to brush against plants - isnt that strange? The weeping tea tree at the back hangs over a bit, and I always reach out a hand and "stroke" the lovely silvery leaves as I pass it. Hubby suggested cutting them back. Maybe someone should do a poll.....