‘The Figs’: grand canopy in Cairns

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(Please note: as this blog has been transferred from our old website some images are low resolution.)

Mist shrouding the mountains behind Redlynch creates a moody backdrop to this serene tropical garden, richly endowed with many giant figs.

‘The Figs’ reflects a largesse matching the scale of these trees after which the property is named.

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Spathiphyllum and calathea, edged with mondo grass, are amassed by the pathways threading through the figs’ aerial roots and trunks.

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The trees are a dramatic natural asset.

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A seasonal meandering watercourse is edged with Crows Nest ferns.

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Classical elements are counterpoints to tropical lushness.

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Raphis palms provide a dense green backdrop to this striking sculpture, which is up lit at night.

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A driveway curves through swards of lawn around the house which sits on a gentle rise.

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Open space, bordered by sweeps of bromeliads with croton exclamation points, contrasts to the enclosed areas beneath the canopy.

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Colourful and sun-hardy – Aechmea blanchetiana make great container plants.

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A cast iron urn marks the transition between the fig canopy and open space. While it seems large close up, the proportion’s essential in such a setting.

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Crotons frame the base of the playhouse.

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Bromeliads edge a cluster of lipstick palms, and hedges define the pool area, adding a touch of formality. The pool house is well positioned overlooking to the water.

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Behind the granite paved concourse murraya hedges contribute to a sense of enclosure.

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An artificial grass tennis court is adjacent to the pool. Architectural features throughout the garden are in keeping with the style of home.

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Furcraea gigantea ‘Variegata’ has a tall flowering spike from which new plants form.  Here, several are effective in a group accompanied by flickers of deep pink cordylines, and Hoop pines behind are part of the ‘borrowed’ landscape.

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Layers: graptophyllum planted as an understory to Licuala ramsayi palms give some context to the grand Albizia saman tree above.

To nurture a landscape in such a setting could be daunting for some however the owners’ use of mass plantings, counterbalanced with generous swathes of lawn, has resulted in a beautifully proportioned garden.logo

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READERS’ COMMENTS:

Thank you for sharing such wonderful gardens.

 They inspire me and make me think about design and planting in my own garden.

 I have passed on your blog to several friends who also enjoy your photographs and comments.

 Enjoy South America and thanks to the 3 of you.

Judi Munro

Black Mountain NSW

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