The brief

This was a new-build property from the ground up. Ana and Jorge Fors were my neighbors at the time in the early 2000s and looking to compliment the recent improvements to the exterior of their home with a tropical landscape worthy of their classy Coral Gables neighborhood.

Their priorities were curb appeal, butterfly attraction, overall beauty, privacy, the ability to have fresh cut flowers all year long, an edible garden, ease of maintenance and longevity of plant material. 

Our solution

We used podocarpus and 5 varieties of tropical bamboo – including blue, textilis and black – for privacy. We installed custom raised garden beds with trellises for easy vegetable and fresh herb harvesting all year long.

We surrounded the pool with exotic, easy-to-grow tropical plants. Fragrant jasmine and gardenia now greet the owners and guests on a regular basis, and a joy perfume tree perfumes the front of the house. There are plenty of roses too, for cut flowers.

This is truly a tropical landscape for the ages and the prettiest landscape in Coral Gables. And we finished the installation in only 2 weeks! 

The client's reaction

The client was thrilled with their new garden! The Fors' expressed their gratitude for the quick privacy they received from the rapidly growing podocarpus hedge and bamboo. They love the year-round beauty their landscape provides. The front of the house got the curb appeal it needed and they expressed their gratitude for this as well.

During the walkthrough, we discussed the maintenance and agreed it was important for me to stay on to fertilize the property and be a co-steward for the first year.

Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
Client Garden: Fors
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