One thing that's constant about a garden is that nothing remains constant. Gardens are always a work in progress.
When we first constructed this path, the golden cane palms were smaller and provided only partial shade. We filled the area with bromeliads that loved the dappled sunlight. We simply buried the pots in mulch and they were quite happy.
This is how it used to look.
As the palms grew and less sunlight filtered through, many of the bromeliads began to suffer. They tell you they aren't happy by losing their unique colours and growing long straggly green leaves rather than nice firm shorter rosettes of leaves.
It was time to make some changes. This weekend we moved the broms out to various other places in the garden and planted this area with a variety of shade-lovers. We also added some small rocks to the border and built the garden up slightly with extra soil and compost.
The plants we chose included:
- Gingers (a couple of beehive gingers and variegated spiral ginger) at the back
- Marantas and Calatheas (Maranta leuconeura, Calathea ornata and 'Royal Picta' )
- Zanzibar Gem or Zamioculcas zamiifolia which had been living in a pot for years
- "Sunset" Philodendron - left in its pot as a feature plant
- 2 normal birds nest ferns and a crocodile skin one
Variegated spiral ginger
Birds Nest Fern
This one is almost black and grows very happily in complete shade.
It currently looks a bit sparce but we have to give the plants time to settle in and grow.