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Thinking of transforming your small British garden into an exotic oasis? Luckily for you, you can now create your own tropical hideaway in your garden using clever planting and colourful decorations.

Let’s take a look at these 50 small tropical garden ideas and tips for a UK climate. 

1. Open garden with small palm trees

Palm trees are a staple for any tropical garden if you have the space. Add other lush greenery to create an exotic hideaway right in your backyard. 

Palm trees that create an exotic hideaway right in a backyard

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2. Tropical plants

Use tall tropical plants and trees as screening to block out unsightly buildings and walls, then add sculptures and decorations to get the holiday feel you’re looking for.

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Tall tropical plants and trees used as screening, blocking out unsightly buildings and walls

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3. Jungle plants

Or go even more exotic and go for deep jungle plants to decorate your backyard. Make sure they can still grow outside the jungle though.

Deep jungle plants that give off a more exotic backyard/jungle vibe

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4. Wooden deck and flowers

Simple wooden decking is the perfect base for an exotic garden. The winding path, unusual shaped flower beds and clever use of screening help this small garden feel larger.

Simple wooden decking as a base for an exotic garden

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5. Jungle deck

Some tropical plants deal well with the weather in the UK and look really pretty in a tropical-themed backyard. Weathered decking and bamboo barriers add to the jungle feel.

Tropical plants in a tropical-themed backyard

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6. Path with lights and tropical plants

Add lighting to accentuate particular plants and light your way through the garden after dark.  

Path with lights and tropical plants

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7. Tropical corner

A simple bench or seating spot with some tropical plants will help you enjoy your corner garden every day. 

A tropical-themed corner garden with simple bench and some tropical plants

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8. Plant dominance

Filling your garden with plenty of lush, green plants creates a great jungle effect.

A small garden filled with lush, green plants

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9. Light wood deck and table

Tall trees and leafy climbing vines will give your garden a jungle feel and provide extra privacy from your neighbours for those cosy dinners outside. 

Light wood deck and table garden concept

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10. Wooden deck and palm tree

Keep it simple with wooden decking that leads to leafy greens and a luscious palm tree. 

A garden wooden deck surrounded by leafy greens and luscious palm trees

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11. Bench amongst plants

Place a bench amongst the plants in your garden for some afternoon relaxation in your ‘jungle’.

A bench amongst plants

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12. Modern urban jungle garden

Add some tropical-style plants into your raised garden bed for a jungle feel but in a neat, modern way.

Modern urban jungle garden with synthetic rattan outdoor dining set

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13. Thatched gazebo

If you’re looking for protection from the sun (or rain), add a thatched gazebo into your jungle-themed space. 

A thatched gazebo installed in a jungle-themed space

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14. Lots of plants in a small garden

Leave a small grass path to reach every plant in your garden and fill the rest with all the colours you can think of.

A small garden filled with greens and a variety of trees and plants

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15. Exotic paradise garden

Add a deck or even a jungle hut to make your garden totally different from anyone else’s. 

Exotic paradise garden with a jungle hut and wooden decking/bridge

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16. Tropical plants and simple L-shaped couch

A simple seating area like this L-shaped corner sofa is perfect for relaxing in a small garden filled with plants. The tall bamboo plants give the garden extra height and block the view from any nosy neighbours. 

Tropical plants and simple L-shaped couch concept

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17. Fish lake and exotic garden

Bring your garden to life with a tropical pond full of fish and other wildlife.

Fish lake and exotic garden

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18. Patio jungle with leafy layers

Small and cosy, with multi-coloured, leafy plants to make it look full and pretty.

Patio jungle with leafy layers

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19. Rock path and colourful plants

Set up your garden path and decorate it with some colourful exotic flowers and plants on the borders. You’ll never want to miss your afternoon walk.

Rock garden path and colourful plants

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20. Tropical corner in a small garden

You don’t need to have a garden filled with plants to make it look tropical. Just choose the right plants for the space you have.

Tropical corner in a small garden

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21. Small tropical garden with lights

Some under-bench lighting adds a great effect to your tropical garden at night. You can also highlight your favourite plants and trees with some spotlights. 

Small tropical garden with outdoor lighting accent

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22. Wooden deck and garden bed

Wooden decking, raised beds and furniture, and also the right planting, make a great combination for a tropical garden. Green is the perfect background colour for your exotic plants. 

Wooden deck and garden bed

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23. Stone flooring and tropical plants

Irregular-shaped stones make a more natural looking patio area for your tropical garden. 

Stone flooring and tropical plants

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24. Large leaf tropical plants

The larger the leaf, the more tropical the plant looks. Perfect for exotic planting schemes, this rice-paper tree is a fast-growing, woody shrub.

It bears huge, fresh green leaves up to 60cm across and is suitable for cultivation across the UK.

Large leaf tropical plants in a tropical garden

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25. Plant-dressed fence

Use climbing plants and vines to disguise your fence and make your garden look even bigger.

Plant-dressed garden fence

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26. Small gazebo with flowers

A gazebo makes the perfect resting spot on a sunny afternoon while enjoying your wild garden colours.

Small gazebo with colourful flowers

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27. Tiny garden with tropical plants

A small space means a cosy space! Just fill it with appealing plants and add a bench for a comfy spot to enjoy your handiwork.

Tiny garden with tropical plants and an outdoor seating area

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28. Exotic plants and wooden chairs

All the lush trees and bushes give this seating area the feel of a jungle hideaway. Grab a cushion for your sun lounger and forget about the world. 

Exotic plants and wooden chairs

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29. Compact space-turned multi purpose garden

If you’re short on space, keep tall trees to the borders of your garden to give yourself extra privacy from overlooking neighbours without encroaching on your relaxing space.

Just create a small seating area to enjoy the outdoors and a spot of lawn for your pets or children to play. 

Compact space-turned multi purpose garden

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30. Rock resting spot with exotic plants

A small place to rest in your garden while admiring your tropical plants.

Rock resting spot with exotic plants

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31. Jacuzzi in the jungle

Place a hot tub deep in your garden for some relaxing baths surrounded by palm trees and exotic bushes.

Jacuzzi in the jungle for some relaxing baths surrounded by palm trees and exotic bushes

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32. Tropical plants and modern deck

Having some tropical plants doesn’t mean you can’t have a modern-looking garden. Just keep it neat with raised planting beds and pebble borders. 

Tropical plants and modern deck

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33. Jungle plants and privacy fence

You could add a privacy fence with trellis so you can add some climbing flowers or vines.

Jungle plants and privacy fence

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34. Exotic colourful garden

Plenty of palms and exotic flowers will transform your garden into a tropical paradise. 

Exotic colourful garden with palm trees and plants

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35. Jungle garden with fire pit

Add a fire pit to your tropical garden so you can still enjoy sitting out on cooler days or in the evenings.

 Jungle garden with fire pit and outdoor saeting area

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36. Simple jungle garden with bench

The key to a tropical garden in the UK is to fill it with a mixture of exotic and British foliage to get full, lush green garden beds. Don’t forget to add a seat from which to enjoy it!

Simple jungle garden with bench

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37. Rustic wood seating area

Some rustic wood looks great amongst your jungle plants. Add some cushions to make it more comfy and you’re good to go.

Rustic wood seating area

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38. Mirror or window on hedge

Mirrors are great for reflecting more sunlight into darker gardens. They also give the feeling of space to small gardens. 

Mirror or window on hedge that are great for reflecting more sunlight into darker gardens

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39. Tree ferns and timber slatting

Transform your long, narrow garden using palm trees to add extra height and privacy. 

Tree ferns and timber slatting

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40. South-facing jungle garden

Pretty and bright all day due to its orientation, you won’t even want to leave here.

South-facing jungle garden

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41. Red tone garden

Tropical plants look amazing on red tones like brick or clay. Think about using those materials when setting up your tropical garden.

Red tone garden

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42. Tropical garden and small path

Fill your backyard with tropical plants and bushes, leaving only a small path to wind your way around your garden. 

Tropical garden and small path

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43. Tropical plants and pebbles

Some tropical plants don’t need much water or soil to grow beautifully, so decorate their base with some attractive pebbles and stones for a neater-looking bed.

Tropical plants and pebbles

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44. Pond and rustic bridge

A rustic wooden bridge over a natural shaped pond is perfect to create that jungle feel in your garden. Just add some tropical plants around the edges.

Pond and rustic bridge

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45. Plants everywhere

You don’t need flower beds to create a tropical garden; it can work just as well with pots. Just add some trellis with climbing plants and flowers to add some height to your planting. 

A simple tropical garden with some trellis, climbing plants and flowers

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46. Bamboo plants and mirror

A large mirror will bring extra light into your garden and give the feeling of extra space. Bamboo trees are great for screening and adding extra height and privacy. 

All you’re missing is the pandas!

Bamboo plants and mirror

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47. Corner gazebo in jungle garden

A corner gazebo provides a place in the back corner of your garden to rest and admire the beauty of your tropical plants.

Corner gazebo in jungle garden

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48. Modern looking deck and jungle plants

For a more minimalist take on a tropical garden, use wooden decking, simple benches and raised bed planters for your exotic plants and trees. 

Modern looking deck and jungle plants

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49. DIY planters for tropical plants

Craft your own planters from recycled tin baths to keep your tropical plants organised. 

DIY plantersideas for tropical plants and garden

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50. Colourful path borders

Use lush, lavish greenery and brightly coloured flowers to create your own tropical hideaway. Don’t forget to include a pathway through the wilderness to admire your work. 

Colourful path borders

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It is possible to create a tropical garden hideaway, right here in the UK. The trick is to mix exotic plants with British ones and use an evergreen backdrop so your garden is alway lush and green.

Add some height with tall plants, such as bamboo and palm trees, and fill out your beds with shrubs and bright flowers to give your garden the exotic feel you’re looking for. 

Hopefully, our compilation of tropical garden ideas has provided some useful design tips for when it comes to creating your own jungle-themed space. So why not sit out in the garden and enjoy your new tropical space?

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