We’ve got a fantastic selection of Bromeliads in the nursery at the moment. From the tiny understory Cryptanthus varieties to the full sun tolerant Giant Bromeliads in the Alcanterea genus, these include the stunning Alcanterea ‘Silver Plum’ and the seldom available silverish white Alcanterea odorata. We also have a number of different sized Alcanterea imperialis ‘Rubra’, all the way from little ones up to giant specimens.
Most bromeliad species are epiphytes and or lithophytes, this means that they grow on trees and or rocks, most don’t naturally grow in the ground. Generally, most bromeliads are very hardy plants and are easy to grow if you take a little time to learn about the cultural requirements of the particular species you are interested in. The giant bromeliads that are featured in some of these pictures occur in nature on large rock outcrops and cliff faces, they occupy these ecological niche habitats as there is no competition from large faster growing vegetation. If your site is not subject to heavy frost, the soil is well drained and there is plenty of light, these large bromeliads should thrive in your garden.
LANDSCAPE DESIGN USE
Have a look at some of the cutting edge contemporary landscape designs in the press and you’ll notice that these giant bromeliads are featured prominently. You would think that they are a new development in the plant world, but the world famous Brazilian landscape architect Roberto Burle Marx was the inspiration for these designs more than 60 years ago. He changed the face of tropical garden design, introducing the world to an amazing range of indigenous Brazilian plants. Many of his masterpieces feature the Giant Bromeliads of Brazil.
Any of these plants will create a spectacular feature in a contemporary landscape design or beautiful subtropical garden.Make a big bold and beautiful landscape statement in your home or landscape design with one of these dramatic giants.
If you are keen on tropical gardening why not consider joining the The Tropical Garden Society of Sydney. They meet every second month at Drummoyne, click on the link to find out more information. http://sydneytropical.org/