|Here are bromeliads in their native environment high|
up in the trees. Even in this environment they add beauty & color.
When I first renovated my yard I included bromeliads all throughout the landscape. There is an unusual area between the driveway and front porch that is small and convoluted so larger plants wouldn't work. My best friend suggested bromeliads, hence my first bromeliad garden. She & I drove to Tropiflora in Sarasota for their annual Spring Festival. Thank goodness I brought our company van because I got a little carried away in my purchasing, lol. The bromeliads I bought this trip were: Billbergia 'hallelujah', Aechmea 'maginali', a no name one they sold me, Quesnelia marmorata, Vriesea delicatula, Vriesea racienae brazil, Aechmea carvalho brazil, Neoregelia wilsoniana x (marmorata x fireball), Vnesea 'odenrode', blanchetiana, Neoregelia concentrica x hyb Bl 'lavender pink' and Voesea erythrodactylcn. We also went to quite a few nurseries in Homestead as well but apparently didn't document what I bought as this was about six years ago. With my bromeliads in hand we set forth on creating a bromeliad garden. Here are some pictures of how it turned out.
|This is how it looked when we first finished|
it in 2005
|This is how it looked in 2009, wow it really|
filled out nicely!
|Another view of a the front yard bromeliad|
garden in 2009
|Here is the front entry with the blanchetiana's|
|Billbergia 'hallelujah' & a neoregelia|
|Two stunning bromeliads which lost their tags|
|A handful of different bromeliads in the garden|
|A few in the backyard garden|
|Yes this is really blue, pink & purple!|
In a Coconut Grove backyard oasis
|Absolutely gorgeous backyard in Coconut Grove which|
my best friend designed & installed.
|Totara Waters subtropical gardens|
located in New Zealand, amazing!
|Totara Waters subtropical gardens in|
New Zealand...so many bromeliads!
|What a cool idea to have the bromeliads |
mounted on the wall under the waterfall.
Would love to have one in our backyard!
|Nice contrast of texture & colors.|
|A close up of one of the watermelon|
starburst bromeliads next to the birdsnest fern.
|These beauties on the other side of the walkway|
are very fast growing clumping variety.
|In Asia they have extremely elaborate garden|
shows & this is one of the exhibitors. Very cool
paisley pattern with coleus! Bromeliads are in the
foreground and background perimeter.
|This is someone's greenhouse they are turning into a|
tropical jungle. Absolutely amazing, so much
contrast, color & diversity! Wish I had one!
|Believe it or not this is a bromeliad nursery, so|
simple yet so stunning!
|Another Florida wish list landscape, how |
|Amazing fuchsia colored bromeliads in|
this Florida landscape.
|A wish list bromeliad, if anyone knows what kind|
& where I can get one, please let me know!
|Our old Miami house had a tropical planter|
on the back of the patio filled with palms,
orchids, bromeliads, ferns, papyrus, etc.
|These bromeliads have been growing in our family's|
patio planter since the late 1980's when we remodeled
the patio. Super intense color on these blooms!
|Not for nothing, but this is what the planter looks|
like now after the new owners moved in this year :(
You can go to the blog I did of the yard earlier this year.
So sad they ripped everything out.
|You can see the patio planter is completely empty. Same with the yard, they completely gutted it all. It's such a shame since it was filled with all kinds of wildlife due to the landscape.|
|I found this picture on someone's blog & though|
it looks like a great idea, the old palm fronds
will eventually drop off along with all your
|This is what happens naturally in the rain forest, a|
tree falls then other plants live off the decomposing
tree giving the new plants nutrients to grow. This
look can easily be replicated in your yard.
|Another unique garden with bromeliads growing on a piece of bamboo. Eventually the bromeliads will cover the entire piece of bamboo, like the tree.|
So many ways to include bromeliads into your garden! When in doubt plant a bromeliad, you can't go wrong. Some love full sun, some need part shade and others can adapt to different light conditions. Usually a rule of thumb is, the bromeliads that have thorns on the leaves (saw blades, lol) can tolerate full sun and the bromeliads without thorny leaves and/or smaller thorns usually need to be in part shade as understory plants. In almost all of the landscapes I design & install for our clients you will see a variety of bromeliads. Everyone loves them. Well I hope you have been inspired to bromeliad your garden with these delightfully unique plants. If you ever have any questions please feel free to send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, post a comment or you can visit our website at www.creativespacesfl.com.
Happy Gardening and Happy Holidays to everyone!