Tropical Trends

It’s official - succulents and jungle plants are the newest interior design must-have, with Ikea embracing the ‘urban jungle’ and Vogue declaring succulents the newest Instagram trend. If you’re looking to see these trend-setting plants in the soil rather than a pot, head to the South West; with its mild climate and plentiful supply of rain, the region is the perfect place for exotic species to thrive. Here are some of our top places to for green inspiration:

A path leads to a wooden and bamboo bridge crossing a stream in an exotic part of Glendurgan garden in Cornwall

Glendurgan Garden

Tucked away into three sheltered valleys leading down to the Helford River, Glendurgan Garden enjoys a gentle climate in which some fascinating plants flourish. You’ll find tree ferns, banana plants, spiky cacti and palms, as well as some unusual epiphytic species, which don’t need soil and instead take the moisture and nutrients they need from the air around them.

Giant tree ferns at Trengwainton, Cornwall

Trengwainton Garden

With plants from around the globe scattered throughout this ten-hectare (25-acre) garden, there's something to inspire around every corner. Huge magnolias and vibrant rhododendrons make way for lush banana plants and soaring echiums. You’ll also find some champion trees (the largest of their species) in the walled gardens.

The garden at Overbecks


The garden at Overbeck’s is home to an unusual collection of rare and tropical plants, creating a dramatic display of hot colours and exotic scents. Sheltered by woodland and cliffs, this area of Devon enjoys an astonishingly mild microclimate, thereby providing ideal growing conditions for many less hardy trees and shrubs. Visitors can explore the banana garden, relax beneath the palms and marvel at the cacti, agave and aloes.

Near the Celtic Cross, in October, at Trelissick Garden, Cornwall.


Trelissick is home to a rich tapestry of flower and foliage. Ginger lilies, dahlias and bananas grow alongside Himalayan rhododendrons, bamboo and palms. On the main lawn, the towering Japanese red cedar steals the show, and all around are far-reaching views of the Fal Estuary.