Wednesday, February 27, 2013

February Bromeliads


The massive plantings of bromeliads with their red blooms provide a burst of color in this gorgeous tropical scene.  The water garden runs along a pond that is complete with fish, turtles and different types of birds who love to hang out in this area.  Do you blame them?  

This is one of the most serene and beautiful scenes at Busch Gardens!

We will get more photos from this area next time we visit!



The landscapers at Busch Gardens have cleverly used a mass planting of similar bromeliad plants in yellow and red to really provide that pop of color, bordering them with another mass planting of a variegated variety.  They bring excitement to an otherwise green raised bed.





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Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tropical Plants in Containers and Raised Beds


Love the mix of bromeliads with other tropicals in these container plantings at Busch Gardens Tampa, where the grounds are in colorful full bloom.  Spring!!!


The topiaries are gorgeous mixed in the tropical plant beds!


Love the statues mixed in the landscaping!


We took lots of photos!

Theme parks and parks are awesome places to get inspiration for your garden!

I'll be adding a new page to my website soon for photo albums.





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Thursday, February 7, 2013

Claude Monet's garden in Giverny

Photo from
Claude Monet's garden in Giverny
Courtesy of Maria Fleming via Fine Living Magazine



Fruit trees don't have to stand alone!  
I love the mass planting at the base of these fruit trees  . . . looks like impatiens to me, a plant that I have used extensively in my garden to liven up boring spots in the shade.

Find a flowering plant that works in your climate and fill in those boring spots in your garden!

Check out more photos of Claude Monet's spectacular garden . . . click here.



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