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.
Plumeria are fragrant shrubs popular in tropical climates around the world.
Tuberose is a tender bulb famous for the powerful scent of the flowers.
The pergola covered with flowering vines
Looking up at the mesh covered with the flowering vines . . .
. . . and looking down at the vine-covered pergola from above.
Practicing organic gardening means that there are plenty of beautiful insect visitors.
It you want to see more of this garden, check out Sarada’s instagram: @gardenia.stakes_string
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