It is possible to create a tropical looking garden right here in Ireland, now if you live in Connemara or even the Curragh plains then maybe it might be a step too far but for city and town gardens you can create your own little tropical oasis and here is how to go about it.
While magnolia is best known for its flowers, its foliage and fruit are super attractive too. Their magnificent tulip or star shaped flowers can be as large as saucers when fully opened. Evergreen species have large, glossy, oval shaped leaves all year around.
The Nellie Stevens is a lovely Holly with deep dark leaves and an abundance of berries in the Autumn/Winter. This is a standard tree with a 6ft clear stem and then a lovely large head above it, the tree girth is 16cm approximately