Just read this thread from the start and I take my hat off to you springy
Fantastic design and plant choices.
So many plants to add to my growing list.
I've taken your garden as a bench mark to go by and if it turns out half as good I'll be well happy.
Only started the exotic side of gardening this year with a few cannas, hedychuims, Ricinus
Look forward to many more update
Thankyou for your kind comments!
I hope you have plenty of funds Mowgley as once you've got the exotic bug your garden will eat money!
Sounds like you are on the right track with cannas, ricin etc. I started by growing loads of annuals and planting them in groups in between the hardier plants. You can then add evergreen structure as you go along, fatsia, trachycarpus, phormiums, bamboos etc!
You'll have a great advantage with being on this site in the fact that most people will point you in the direction of quality suppliers of plants at good prices rather than spending a fortune at overpriced garden centres, although you can get the odd bargains there if you are lucky!
Have fun creating your "piece of paradise"