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Organic Gardening in Hyderabad, India

Tropical beauties

red plumeria in a container

Today we’re headed all the way to Hyderabad, India, to see Sarada Tummala’s beautiful garden.

I am a freelance content writer. I love documenting my home garden and farm. I am into sustainable living and love the science of organic gardening and farming.

I live in a west-facing villa with my extended family. We have a small outdoor garden in the villa and a farm in the city outskirts, which we visit every weekend. Pests are an integral part of garden ecology, and we learn to deal with them without harming them. Whether friends or foes, insects will always be around, and they have their own prey and predators in their life cycle.

Plumeria, Canna, and bird of paradise (Strelitzia reginae) constitute our front landscape. Ixora, roses, jasmine (Jasminum species), tuberose (Polianthes tuberosa), and Crossandra are on the north side. Hues of Hibiscus, Tabernaemontana, and Millingtonia are on the south side. Nerium and Jatropha are our hedge plants, and we have the low-maintenance periwinkle for ground cover. In the backyard we have the herb garden, papaya and citrus trees, a rainwater-harvesting pit, and a corner for composting..

The best part of our garden is our pergola with incredible creepers. I am fascinated by the array of winged visitors that perch on our pergola every dawn and dusk. This was beautifully designed by my horticulturist sister. She chose bluebell vine (Clitoria ternatea) and morning glory (Ipomoea purpurea) and a green mesh to support these climbing beauties. This garden structure not only accentuates the entrance but gives a welcome shade in the warm weather and an impressive seating area.

bright red flowersPlumeria are fragrant shrubs popular in tropical climates around the world.

slender plant with small white flowersTuberose is a tender bulb famous for the powerful scent of the flowers.

pergola covered with vinesThe pergola covered with flowering vines

mesh pergola covered with purple flowersLooking up at the mesh covered with the flowering vines . . .

vine-covered pergola from above. . . and looking down at the vine-covered pergola from above.

black butterfly with white spots resting on a plantPracticing organic gardening means that there are plenty of beautiful insect visitors.

plant with small light pink flowers and shiny foliageAnother plumeria

brightly colored flowers around a buddha statuePlants such as impatiens (Impatiens walleriana) that most American gardeners think of as annuals can be perennials in tropical climates where there are never freezing temperatures.

It you want to see more of this garden, check out Sarada’s instagram: @gardenia.stakes_string


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  1. gardendevas 08/02/2021

    How lush and beautiful!

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    treasuresmom 08/02/2021

    Love to see what gardeners grow in other countries. Lovely!

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    simplesue 08/02/2021

    That really is an amazing pergola!
    I love the blue flowering vines all around and above it, creating privacy and intimacy with nature!

    I also really like the way you said:
    "Whether friends or foes, insects will always be around, and they have their own prey and predators in their life cycle."
    That is so true and so well worded..

    You've created a beautiful garden to enjoy nature!
    Thanks for sharing!

  4. btucker9675 08/02/2021

    Gorgeous!!! Love that you can view the pergola from below and above - it's wonderful. I have not seen that deep wine color in a plumeria before and it's stunning. Thank you for sharing this beauty with us.

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