Phase one of my Balinese style garden is almost complete! I've been putting it off for a while since it took a solid day to complete and a couple car loads of hardscaping, but its finally looking like a balinese courtyard garden after all. I still need to scrub the older pavers and fill in some more rock mulch, but its more or less finished. I used cost effective pavers, which I laid over builder's sand. The rock is just run of the mill marble chips, but its perfect for matching the houses details and brightening up this shady nook. I got the bamboo poles at 3 for $2.50 at Walmart, and they add a nice Southeast Asian accent until I can get something more fitting.
Here's a vignette of neoregelia bromeliads, lady palms, bamboo palm, picabeen palm, and some ratty looking heliconias, which are actually starting to bloom! The area behind the plants will eventually be filled with more rock.
Radicalis palm and various bromeliads dress up this corner nicely!
This corner has a distinctive Asian feel and will look wonderful at night!
I'll make the entry larger in order to better accommodate my mom's power chair, but for now its at least an acceptable entry to my new Balinese courtyard garden. Notice how I've used a lantern over a circular paver surrounded by stones and then repeated it in the back. I'll try to repeat this element at various points along the path to the house to create a unified theme and encourage people to stop and look. For now all I need to do is clean those dirty old pavers... at least now you can see where the old, smaller patio was before I enlarged it. Too small!
Here's a posting that shows what the courtyard looked like before... yuck!
Balinese Garden Part 2