From the street where David and Sandra Traynor live in Stourport, Worcestershire, UK, their semi-detached house looks no different to the rest.
But take a little walk through to their back garden and you’ll find yourself transported to their ‘tropical fantasy’, which really is quite out of the ordinary.
The couple moved into the house in March 2016, but thought the back garden was a little bland for their liking. Two and a bit years and £12,000 ($15,200) later, and the space is unrecognisable.
The centre piece of the garden is a pond containing 40 Koi carp, which is surrounded by 80 palm trees and tropical plants.
Pathways are designed to create an ‘immersive experience’, while the soil excavated when building the pond has been used to make a higher tier.
David and Sandra have transformed their back garden into their ‘tropical fantasy’. Credit: Caters
Mr Traynor said the aim was to create their own ‘personal fantasy’ – which is presumably not supposed to sound as kinky as it does.
He said: “Our neighbour’s thought we were a bit bonkers when we started. Now they think it’s marvellous. When people see the garden for the first time they usually say ‘oh my god’.
“The whole point was to put something together that was our personal fantasy.
“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.
The garden has been completely transformed. Credit: Caters
“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.
“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.”
The garden is now totally chocka with plants and understandably, having put so much time and money into it, Mr Traynor now swoons over his tropical garden like a sommelier swoons over a fine bottle of Malbec.
40 Koi carp live in the centre piece pond. Credit: Caters
David said: “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.
The project cost the couple £12,000. Credit: Caters
“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.”
Can’t say I blame them.