Tropical garden in the UK

What are the best plants/trees for making a garden look almost tropical in the UK?

Asked by Pete on 24th Oct 2022
Expert Trade Answers
"Chusan Palm (Trachycarpus fortunei), Magnolia Grandiflora, Magnolia delavayii, Fatsia Japonica, Eriobotrya Japonica, Chamaerops humilis, Tetrapanax papyrifera, Dicksonia antartica, Bamboo, Cordyline australis, Gunnera, Hedychium, Musa basjoo."
Answered on 25th Oct 2022 - Member since Oct 2020 - report
"Always a palm tree it is amazing planted in the garden and pleasing to the eye."
Answered on 10th Nov 2022 - Member since Aug 2022 - report
"Cordyline australis

Fatsia japonica

Musa basjoo

Trachycarpus fortunei


Phormium tenax

Tree fern


Chamaerops humilis

Dicksonia antarctica





Zantedeschia aethiopica



Colocasia esculenta


Evergreen Magnolia grandiflora

Answered on 25th Feb 2024 - Member since Aug 2023 - report
"Hi Pete

I would go with Mediterranean plants like Olive Trees, and Rosemary and Thyme Shrubs, and cold hardy palm trees and bushes from South America ( cold hardy are typically produced in Italy, and not Romania where many palms come from), mixed with a few clumps of architectural grass for visual interest and wind movement.

Kind Regards,


Sustainable Landscape Gardener"
Answered on 11th Nov 2022 - Member since Dec 2019 - report
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