We are creating an exotic garden in the UK. Follow us on our travels fidning that perfect exotic look and vibe to the garden!



  • Alternative Eden

    Exotic Garden Blog - Alternative Eden.

    We are creating an exotic garden in the UK. Follow us on our travels fidning that perfect exotic look and vibe to the garden!


  • Planting Yucca Faxoniana

    Planting Yucca Faxoniana

    With the lovely sunny weekend we decided it would be the right time to plant out our Yucca faconiana. We bought this last year from Akamba, and spent the... Read more

    Posted on 13 March 2012 DESTINATIONS, GARDENING, HOME
  • Catch It While You Can!

    Catch While Can!

    Spring, spring, spring! The weather has been consistently much more mild the past few days and coupled with such a sunny weekend you can't help but feel that... Read more

    Posted on 11 March 2012 DESTINATIONS, GARDENING, HOME
  • The Japanese Garden - Cornwall

    Japanese Garden Cornwall

    Another blog post that is long overdue was our visit to the Japanese Garden near Newquay in Cornwall. Started in 1991, this garden is now well established,... Read more

    Posted on 05 March 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • A Weekend in Devon

    Weekend Devon

    As regular readers will recall we sometimes visit fellow Exotic Gardeners Lucien and Laura in the delightful Devon town of Exmouth. Read more

    Posted on 04 March 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Working with Existing Structures

    Working with Existing Structures

    When we moved into our home the garden was a key consideration, and for an urban garden we ended up with quite a good sized plot. Read more

    Posted on 28 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • I See White


    Sun, glorious sun! The sun was generous enough to grace us with its presence over the weekend, reinforcing that spring like feeling that most of us are already... Read more

    Posted on 26 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Overwintering Exotic Plants

    Overwintering Exotic Plants

    Like many exotic gardening enthusiasts one of the challenges we face is how best to overwinter plants indoors. We all think about the cold being a problem but... Read more

    Posted on 26 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Pretty, Painted, Persicarias!

    Pretty, Painted, Persicarias!

    Spring is almost here and I am starting to daydream already of the new plants we will have for this year. I am also looking forward to the return of my... Read more

    Posted on 22 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Continuing the Filter House

    Continuing Filter House

    Over the last couple of weekends we have been able to get some more work done on our filter house. Pretty much all the recent work has been done inside, such... Read more

    Posted on 21 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Almost Spring!

    Almost Spring!

    Sunshine, always lovely to see and a welcome sight at this time of the year when we're already at the latter part of winter and spring is just around the corner. Read more

    Posted on 19 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • RHS Plant and Design Show 2012

    Plant Design Show 2012

    The RHS are holding their annual Plant and Design show at the moment (14 and 15 February 2012) in the Lawrence Hall in London. Read more

    Posted on 14 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • The Idea Bank

    Idea Bank

    Inspiration can be found anywhere and everywhere, as long as you don't just look but also see, as well as constantly maintaining an open mind that is receptive... Read more

    Posted on 12 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Tropical Extravaganza

    Tropical Extravaganza

    Every year Kew Gardens holds what they call their Tropical Extravaganza, which is basically an excuse to dress up the Princess of Wales Conservatory with... Read more

    Posted on 09 February 2012 GARDENING, HOME
  • Exotic Snow!

    Exotic Snow!

    February is often one of the coldest months in the UK and after the mild winter so far this February has decided to remind us that we are a very northerly... Read more

    Posted on 07 February 2012 GARDENING
  • Welcome to the Barbershop: Revisited

    Welcome Barbershop: Revisited

    Time flies like an arrowFruit flies like a bananaTime flies quick indeed and before you know it lots of things are coming into full circle again, including my... Read more

    Posted on 01 February 2012 GARDENING
  • Garden Visit: RHS Wisley

    Garden Visit: Wisley

    A couple of weeks ago we visited RHS Wisley, partly to see the Butterfly exhibit, but also to get an exotic plant fix.Wisley is set in some 240 acres of Surrey... Read more

    Posted on 31 January 2012 GARDENING
  • The Making of a New Garden: In the Beginning...

    Making Garden: Beginning...

    Sometimes whenever I find myself looking back at our old posts and notice the ones we have written pertaining to the ongoing koi pond project, I also find mysel... Read more

    Posted on 29 January 2012 GARDENING
  • Ginkgos with a Twist

    Ginkgos with Twist

    I posted a photo of one of our variegated Ginkgos on our Facebook page yesterday and I was given a nudge by fellow blogger Gerhard to compose a blog post about... Read more

    Posted on 25 January 2012 GARDENING
  • Something Old, Something New

    Something Old,

    Sometimes, being able to do some of the small things you've been wanting to get done for awhile gives as much satisfaction as doing much bigger things. Read more

    Posted on 22 January 2012 GARDENING
  • The Butterflies at Wisley

    Butterflies Wisley

    The day has finally arrived last Saturday when it was actually too cold outside to do anything in the garden. Well, that's stretching it a bit I know, it... Read more

    Posted on 16 January 2012 GARDENING