Wordless Wednesday – The Exotic Garden at RHS Wisley


The Exotic Garden at RHS Wisley, in Surrey, was created in 2017 to showcase the wide range of plants that can be grown outdoors in the UK to create a tropical look. The garden is designed to be intimate and immersive. A central tiered fountain helps establish its exotic atmosphere. Away from the wide central axes, numerous smaller paths curve through the lush foliage to shady bowers and view points.


Planting includes big-leaved giants (Magnolia grandiflora, Loquat, Chamaerops, Trachycarpus, Japanese banana) and bold, hot-coloured flowers (Cannas, Calla lilies, Gingers, Dahlias etc)


Five years in the ground has been sufficient time for the planting to feel established. The atmosphere in the garden was distinctly un-English. I certainly felt transported to warmer climes … and fortunately the sun was shining 😉


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10 Responses to Wordless Wednesday – The Exotic Garden at RHS Wisley

  1. shoreacres says:

    This looks like a certain overgrown lot in my neighborhood, complete with that fountain. I had to laugh — here, we fight to keep all this growth under control.

    • 🤣 … Yes, well we have to work at it here! Bet you don’t have to wrap everything when it gets to winter either 😉

      • shoreacres says:

        Sometimes we do. It’s common to judge the severity of a winter by the number of times we have to wrap the plants or drag them into the garage (or, in my case, into the dining room).

  2. Eliza Waters says:

    Very appealing, a twist on the usual English garden!

  3. susurrus says:

    Always a treat to see pictures from Wisley.

  4. Cathy says:

    Wow, it looks stunning. Love your photos.

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