I think we’re starting to rely on Joy Farrell to help us get through this dark and dreary winter! Every week she’s sent photos of another gorgeous garden on the island of Antigua. Today’s is another stunner, and this time with a photo of the view!
Joy says, “Two of my friends Eleasia and Mitchell Hill have one of the most charming and elegant gardens on island. One of the features of the garden is the coleus in all different color combinations. Eleasia has used them to create interest around the bottom of a tree, in bold terracota pots, and as border plants along the outside perimeter of the back garden. She has coupled the coleus with other plants, like the pony tail palm which is sandwiched by a potted bougainvillea and coleus.
“There are dramatic clusters throughout her garden; clever combinations of plant choices, illustrated here with the Acalypha hispida (cats tails), variegated rubber plant and bougainvillea. She has also paid great attention to detail, white stone edgings add to the artistry of the garden. She has also used plants cleverly to create quiet and welcoming seating areas.
“The back garden has been created on an incline, which always makes planting a little more difficult. The back garden is entered through side steps, which have a lot of visual interest around them, but the real piece de resistance is the incredible panoramic backdrop, a stunning view of Runaway Beach and the surrounding area.
“Interspersed throughout the garden are a collection of palm trees and tree ferns. She has several large established trees like Flambouyance and Accacia which add liberal doses of interest and shade to the garden. The garden is quite young–just over 4 years old.
“If any of you are planning to visit Antigua, I do a Gardens of Antigua Tour; bookings can be made through Carib World Travel (268) 480 2999.”
Oh, so tempting, Joy…. Thanks for this latest shot of tropical wonderfulness!
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