Here is a progression of a year's growth, from January of last year to Christmastime of this year. The ultimate goal is to create "The Rainforest Garden", and in one year I have come much closer to doing so!
This is the garden in January of last year, looking pretty barren. You will notice a dark mound to the right, and that is my beloved clump of alocasias after being burned to the ground by the cold.with no protection.
Now its more lushly panted and is finally looking like a real garden!
You will notice that the tree fern is really starting to take off, and the gingers and paurotis palm are filling in nicely.
A wider view, showing off one of my favorite plants, the alocasia calidora elephant ear! Look at how well it has recovered in just a year. The trunks are now over a foot tall.
Here is a good view of the fishtail palm (which I really hope survives) surrounded by the ti plant, monstera deliciosa, peace lily, coffee bush, and three types of alpinia gingers.
Our super cute sheltie by the name of Panda shown for scale!
The tree fern has grown nicely, and so has my rajapuri banana. The dense growth to the left includes Tabebuia (a rarity here), Callistemon Laevis (a bottlebrush), firespike, and areca palm. Can't wait to see how everything does in the cold!