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Linda’s Subtropical Garden

Complete with rocket parts!

patio looking out on garden with tropical plants

Today we’re headed to Florida to visit Linda Robert’s subtropical garden.

My mom and I started working on what we call “the jungle garden” 17 years ago. It was just mud and pine trees when we started. She lived in the casita (guest house) to our “hacienda.” And in that time it has been knocked down by eight different hurricanes. Nature is an amazing resilient teacher.

patio looking out on garden with tropical plantsI have an affinity for philodendrons, which climb many of our trees; I have over a dozen different varieties. I also have a love for anthuriums and alocasia.

diy moongate in the gardenWe found a large piece of metal buried in the property and turned it into a “moongate.” Later we found that it was actually a payload faring to a rocket!

garden path cutting through tropical plantsDramatic tropical foliage arches over the garden path.

garden patio with wallsA spot to sit and enjoy the garden


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  1. Maggieat11 06/28/2022

    Wonderful find with your "moon gate". A great addition to your gardens. Thanks for sharing!

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      Thank you Maggie! believe it or not we have found yet ANOTHER one on our property!

  2. nwphilagardener 06/28/2022

    Glorious! That opening image is so compelling. All that is missing from that tropical paradise is a pina colada!

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      Ahh....yes! We do love to enjoy a tropical beverage out there :)

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    vanhatalosuomi 06/28/2022

    Lovely garden. Seeing your pictures reminded me how much I miss the crotons I had in front of my house. They were HUGE!
    Thanks for sharing your space

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      Yes!! We have a croton in our courtyard that is easily 25 feet (and 50 years old)!!

  4. fromvirginia 06/28/2022

    What a cool garden. Thanks for sharing. I love your Ashanti stool in the first picture )being Ashanti myself:))

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      I never knew the name of the stool....thank you for that!

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    treasuresmom 06/28/2022

    Very pretty!

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      Thank you!

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    simplesue 06/28/2022

    Oh I just want to see MORE photos of your garden!
    So well designed and great plant choices, and so creative!

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      Thank you :)

    2. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      We have a short term rental on the property....and I post pictures on Instagram often, feel free to peruse :) @thecoconutcasita

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    cynthia2020 06/28/2022

    Gorgeous placement of plants and interesting moon gate acquisition! I hope you will share more photos in the future.

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      The moongate was certainly an interesting addition...and to think it was on the property all along!!

  8. sheila_schultz 06/28/2022

    Only in a subtropical climate can you have such a lush dreamland of tropical plants. It's drool worthy... and your 'moongate' is definitely one of the coolest garden treasures I have ever seen! Beautifully designed, Linda.

    1. coconutcasita 06/28/2022

      Awww...thank you Sheila!

  9. rosebudal 06/30/2022

    Love this one. For me, it’s the height and richness of the understory along the path that does it; it creates that enclosed feeling that I’m always searching to create in my GA garden. You’ve done a great job. Thanks for sharing!

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