Designing An Exotic Garden

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Landscaping | Comments Off on Designing An Exotic Garden

Perhaps you fancy Landscaping an Exotic Garden?

If you have imagination, sketch it roughly and don’t forget to think of levels and drainage. You’re almost in the Landscaping business.

If you don’t have imagination (yet) then get some books from the resources suggestions below, look at the pictures and get some garden design ideas from those that have done it!  Here is a great video that shows some unique ideas:


I label myself as a specialist in exotic garden landscaping.  Buying succulent clippings and zeroscaping is my new passion.

Here at Landscaping by Landman we like to have a lot of different Agaves in our plans for exotic garden landscaping as well as Aloe. 

In fact we use Aloe quite frequently as it is one of our standbys for exotic garden landscaping. Of course a lot depends on the property. See this cottage style property and immediately my mind says ‘wild’. Would you agree?

The Cacti that I use in my exotic garden landscaping include ferocactus latispinus.  The Ferocactus latispinus have heavy hooked spines are fascinating to touch.  I don’t use this one in exotic garden landscaping at home with children because if you don’t use care while touching the ferocactus latispinus, they will rip the flesh clean off your hand. Be sure to take care please.

A Sunken GardenAnother one of the Cacti that I use while I am working on exotic garden landscaping is the trichocereus bridgessii monstrose.  This is a rare monstrose form of bridgessii.  This Cacti forms numerous cucumber shapes with long spines.

In my exotic Landscaping by Landman business, I also like to use a group of plants in the Crassulacea family.   The Crassulacea family has exotic plants in all parts of the world from the hot and dry desert regions to the cold and moist alpine locations.  These plants are blessed with a hardy nature and enjoy the widest appeal among plant collectors.



Euphorbias are great in the exotic garden landscaping business.  They have a great looking grassy appearance and can also tolerate a few degrees of frost.  The Euphorbia epithymoidesantisiphilitica comes from Mexico and grows really well almost anywhere where there’s some sun.  One thing though, watch out for snails. See a Euphorbia here on the right.



My favorite plant in the Crassulacea family has to be the Aeonium “Plum Purdy”.

Aeonium Plum PurdyIt is actually the first exotic plant that I used in my garden landscaping business before I added exotic to the description.  I really like the deep reds and the slight fuzziness on the leaves.

I have one client of my exotic garden landscaping business that insists on a flower bed full of Echeveria elegans.  They do look really pretty when they are in bloom.  The plant forms rosettes about four inches across that eventually clump.  They have a turquoise color and the blooms are white.  They are very pretty in a lot of different arrangements I’ve designed.  There is some great information about exotic gardens here: Exotic Gardens In Monaco

If you are interested in keeping up to date on new ideas in landscaping, then please come back often.

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