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All the plants chosen for this border are hardy in all but the most inhospitable environments. The tropical look can be easily obtained when you choose plants with bold leaf shapes. The majority of the planting, therefore, includes a wide variety of leaf shapes and colours with a smattering of colourful flowering plants thrown in. Really dense planting helps give the feel of a genuine jungle, where seeds drop to the ground and plants struggle to become established, clambering over their neighbours competing for light and space. It is important to get a variety of heights so that the taller ones form a canopy overhead, while the lower growing plants shelter below, carpeting the ground. For a truly authentic feel, finish the planting off with a mulch of chipped bark.
Planting tips: Dig in lots of composted manure before you plant and make sure the plants are kept well fed and watered during the warmer weather.
This plan is for a 8x4m border in semi-shade.
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