By Mikey Jones
This suburban terrace doesn’t look anything out of the ordinary from the street – but a peek in the secret back garden reveals a tropical paradise.
David and Sandra Traynor moved into their semi-detached house in Stourport, Worcs in March 2016, but thought their back garden was bland and saw an opportunity to use their green fingers.
Just two-and-a-half years on, the couple have turned their generic, non-descript garden into a haven for exotic palm trees and fish.
David said: “I’ve always been into gardening but we’ve never had a proper space to do what we wanted. We were really excited about moving into a house with such a blank slate for the garden. I worked out a detailed plan of the garden before we moved in.
“It’s taken us about two years to transform it from just a lawn.
“The whole point was to put something together that was our personal fantasy.
“When people see the garden for the first time they usually say ‘oh my god’.
“Our aim was to create our own tropical styled fantasy, but to make it look and feel almost as natural as a tropical forest clearing but in the heart of Worcestershire.
“Our neighbour’s thought we were a bit bonkers when we started. Now they think it’s marvellous.”
The garden’s centre piece is a dramatic pond containing 40 exotic Koi carp alongside the garden’s 80 palm trees.
David and Sandra used the soil left over from excavating the pond area to build a second tier layer in the garden.
They said that the garden is now so full they don’t have space for any additional planting.
David said: “We managed to get all of the main elements together in about three months.
“Three years on, the garden is now full to bursting with tropical plants from all across the world, all tightly planted to create a dense layered and natural feel. We wanted our tropical garden to be an immersive experience, where we walk down narrow pathways, whilst brushing past plants that dwarf us.
“The main advantage of this style of garden, is that even in the depths of winter, it is always lush and verdant. Couple this with the fact that we hardly have to do any weeding, and you have inner view the perfect all year garden.
“It can be a lot of work, but it is definitely worth it, as we both spend more time in the garden than in the house!
“Anything that doesn’t normally grow here in the Midlands then we want to do it!”