Ooo, I like the caladiums
- the shape would complement the shape of delicious monsters, but with colour! And that ivy
- I already have a similar looking ivy growing on the other side of the house. Perhaps I could transplant some (although it spreads pretty invasively). And I like the flagstone path - less labour intensive (and hence less expensive) than re-laying a paved walkway...
For plant choices, I thought, if I move the walkway, a "hedge" of sword ferns
(eg the Boston sword fern - but not that one because that is classed as an alien invasive plant here) up against the foundations would look nice - I know these must be hardy plants, because my mom had some in her garden when I was growing up, so they must tolerate neglect very well
I also absolutely love love love tree ferns
(I know they take ages to grow), so I'm guessing a kind of tropical look is going to start emerging if I continue along that vein.
Which means: delicious monsters
, perhaps some agapanthus
(grows fantastically here in the Cape - especially if you get the winter-rainfall variety, not the rarer summer rainfall variety, although they prefer sunlight in order to flower). Perhaps some variegated hostas
for a change in colour (but I've never seen them for sale here in SA - not that I've specifically looked for them, mind you), impatience
(because they are low maintenance, I think?), some shade-tolerant ornamental grasses
for texture (maybe Mondi grass?), some asparagus fern
, foxtail fern
or maidenhair ferns
for texture, some clivias
(I already have 2 in containers). Maybe some persian shield
for the interesting colour.
Of course, I'll limit the plant choices and repeat, rather than having ALL of them - otherwise it might look very cluttered. And because its mostly shady, I'll focus on dramatic foliage and texture, rather than flowers.
Maybe a couple of cast iron chairs in case we do decide to sit outside in the cool - although I'll probably end up using the chairs as stands for something pretty in a pot. Some ornaments, like a plain urn, or some empty pots or cement balls or something...
In the Western Cape (South Africa), I'm not exactly in a tropical climate, but I do know most of those plants grow well here if they get enough water in the dry summer period. Or at least, they seem to not die off in my friends' gardens'
My climate is "Mediterranean" - cool wet winters, dry hot summers, some very windy periods. No frost or snow - I'm on the coast. Winter temperatures are about 10-15C [50-50 F] (very occasionally cooler if the inland areas get snow on top of their mountains). Summer temperatures are frequently in their 30s [around 90 F]
So... if anyone has experience with any of these plants and can offer tips or anything (or even alternative suggestions), please feel free