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Brazilian Garden Bounty

Today’s GPOD photos come from Jimmy Bastian Pinto in Brazil.

I hope you and your families are all well and that the flowers in my garden will make you happier in those challenging times.

We had delicious rains and pleasant summer temperatures that made my tropical garden beautiful. Perhaps it was the inexplicable thaw in Antarctica that caused the abundance of rain.


Dahlias add a dramatic flair to any garden, tropical or not!

The wild ancestors of garden dahlias come from Mexico and Central America, but of course they thrive in many gardens as summer bulbs that are dug up and stored away from the cold for the winter.

Brazilian landscape

The lush Brazilian landscape makes a beautiful setting for this garden.

peace lilies

Plants in the genus Spathiphyllum (peace lilies, Zones 10–11 or as houseplants) make a great foreground with their beautiful oval pointed leaves and white flowers, some of which have an amazing perfume. I’m very fond of plants with a nice smell.


Hedychiums with arched stems are quite ornamental. They are from the family Zingiberaceae, cousins of ginger and native to tropical Asia. Hedychium densiflorum (Zones 7–10) has glowing orange flowers. Other species and varieties bloom in many colors, such as orange, salmon, cream, and white. Another nice species is Hedychium coronarium (Zones 7–10), which has glossy green leaves, a less showy flower, and a wonderful perfume. It forms beautiful massifs in swamps or riverbanks and can become invasive in tropical climates, but it’s worth trying. Any country child in Brazil remembers picking such flowers to make cologne.

Orange hedychium

Orange hedychium flowers in the landscape.


Heliconias have leaves that resemble those of the banana tree and reach 3 meters in height, giving structure and rhythm to the garden. The flowers are very decorative, reaching almost 1 meter, and they have spectacular shapes and intense colors (yellow, orange, and red). They are very durable both planted and in flower arrangements. They can be grown in the sun or in half-shade depending on the species. The most common and beautiful are Heliconia angusta, H. rostrata, and H. bihai.

Queen Ann’s lace

Queen Ann’s lace (Daucus carota, Zones 3–9) flowering. Queen Ann’s lace is actually the same species as the cultivated carrot but has jumped the fence and gone feral.

An abundance of tropical beauty.

flowering bromeliads

Agaves and flowering bromeliads create bold structure in the garden.


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    treasuresmom 04/14/2020

    Thank you for sharing your garden, Jimmy. It is quite lovely. Can you tell us about your weather?

    1. jimmybastianpinto 04/14/2020

      Thanks, the temperature ranges from 50 to 95 with dry winters and rainy summers, I'm at around 3000 feet high

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    meander_michaele 04/14/2020

    Goodness, you have such captivating and exotic plants to use in your gardens...I can't even begin to imagine how gratifying it must be to have swaths of such beauties.
    Is that a set of deep royal blue hammocks I see in the background of the photo with the Orange hedychium flowers in the background? Wow, restful and lulling relaxing with a gentle breeze in such a lovely place...doesn't get any better, does it?

    1. jimmybastianpinto 04/14/2020

      yes, hammocks made of fisherman's nets to relax like a relax child

  3. Patchworkgardener 04/14/2020

    What a beautiful garden. Such exotic flowers. Thank you for sharing. What zone are you in.

    1. jimmybastianpinto 04/14/2020

      Hi thanks I~m in a climate similar to zone 9 to 10, summer with rain and dry winters

  4. paiya 04/14/2020

    Thank you for transporting us from confinement to your beautiful tropical garden -the agaves are perfect and so are the flowers

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    bdowen 04/14/2020

    Wonderful to visit a garden so far away fro my New England, USA setting but still see familiar Queen Anne's lace and dahlias. Thank you for sharing your garden's beautiful views.

  7. btucker9675 04/14/2020

    Gorgeous!!! Two of my best friends are originally from Curitiba so I always enjoy anything Brazilian. Your gardens and surroundings are extraordinary.

  8. jimmybastianpinto 04/14/2020

    yes, hammocks made of fisherman's nets to relax like a child!

  9. Musette1 04/15/2020

    WOW!!! You have done an amazing job of providing structure (with plants rather than hardscape) amidst all that wild glory, making your garden both restful and invigorating - as well as absolutely gorgeous!

  10. Cenepk10 04/15/2020

    Very lush and exotic! Beautiful!!!!

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