My Upcycled Tropage Garden

I absolutely love my tropical cottage garden with quirky decor, rescued from council cleanups over the years.  I’m sharing some of my latest finds, which I’ve upcycled and styled.  My upcycled tropage garden is a place of calm and sanctuary and satisfaction of a job well done.

Unfortunately, every time I move something in the garden, the bunnies go into a little bit of a territory marking frenzy and run around “chinning” everything – marking it with their scent.   This territory marking also includes little piles of poo around borders.  A lot of sweeping occurs whenever I get the urge to reorganise the garden!

From the side of the road, council cleanups and markets and garage sales, I’ve rescued and saved some treasures.  An old pallet makes a fabulous garden shelf.  An occasional table works beautifully as a plant rack.  An easel has been repurposed as a plant holder, featuring succulents and Chinese star jasmine.  Rescued frames add interest to walls and can have plants like Chinese star jasmine trained through them.

The lovely Faux Fuchsia coined the term “tropage” for my tropical cottage garden when I shared some photos on Instagram.  I immediately added it to the Kimba Likes Lexicon!

One man’s trash is another woman’s treasure.  Reduce, reuse, recycle is a great way to create an eclectic, vintage and welcoming garden space.  Guaranteed to be unique too!

Would you decorate with an old pallet?  Have you rescued some treasures from the side of the road? Do share!


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  • bbeingcool - 3 April 2013 - 11.14 am

    Love your garden!

    We were in Brisbane last night on a date night – walking back to the car, I noticed some BEAUUUUTIFUL new pallets beside a shop, I asked Mr Cool if I could have one – he said no. So sad. It sure was a beauty.

    We had a pallet coffee table for years, I sanded it, varnished it and put retro funky industrial wheels underneath it – so cool.ReplyCancel

  • Emily @ Have a laugh on me - 2 April 2013 - 9.43 pm

    That is awesome and is the Kiwi flag! xReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 April 2013 - 9.56 pm

      Where is the Kiwi flag? You can’t see it in these pics but I don’t actually have one! I do, however, have an All Blacks flag which is prominently displayed on the other side of the garden. Haven’t gotten around to removing our Australia Day barbecue decorations as Boyo loves them so. Little Aussie! 😉ReplyCancel

  • Lisa Barton-Collins - 2 April 2013 - 7.22 pm

    Such a beautiful little oasis!

  • always Josefa - 2 April 2013 - 4.12 pm

    Love the little space you have created and your little bunnies are super adorable xx
    Josefa from #teamIBOTReplyCancel

  • Eleise Hale - 2 April 2013 - 2.34 pm

    What a cute little eclectic garden. We are on the same page, I like to drive past slowly and see if there are any gems. I have picked up lots of great pots for free 🙂ReplyCancel

  • daddownunder - 2 April 2013 - 2.19 pm

    A girl after my own heart Kimba, people throw away some awesome stuff. I love your garden, it looks like its creator is a lot of fun to be aroundReplyCancel

  • lydia c lee - 2 April 2013 - 1.14 pm

    WOW! Those flamingos are AWESOME!! I can’t do anything with plants. We plant seeds, they grow a bit and then they die. Not sure what my kids make of that circle of life….ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 April 2013 - 1.34 pm

      I LUFF the ‘mingoes (as Boyo called them as a chubba bubba and the name has kinda stuck). They make me so happy! It’s just a very short circle of life – you’re being efficient! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • em @ - 2 April 2013 - 1.05 pm

    Seriously LOVE your garden- what an inspiration!

    We are getting rabbits on the weekend too… but they be the eating kind. eeep. It’s my husbands doing, not mine!ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 April 2013 - 1.36 pm

      It’s the teeniest tiniest little space but it was so un-user friendly for so long. We had new turf laid and a garden bed paved over and it feels like it has doubled the space. We actually use it year round now – when it’s chilly, we head out there with blankets and a bottle of wine for home date nights 🙂 We’re about 7 minutes from the city by express bus but we see bats, owls and parrots, not to mention the stars, in our back garden. It just makes me happy – and that is no small thing 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Sophie Allen - 2 April 2013 - 10.54 am

    It looks great! Those bunnies are so cute! I would use a pallet, it looks great there, esp with the table. Genius.ReplyCancel

  • Aroha - 2 April 2013 - 9.09 am

    It looks fantastic Kim! I wish we had a garden to do things like that to. We live in a 2nd floor unit 🙁ReplyCancel

    • Kim-Marie Williams - 2 April 2013 - 11.48 am

      It is the teeniest tiniest garden ever, but I luff it so. Feeds my soul. Can you do a wall garden or railing pots on your balcony? I’ve seen some amazing balcony vegie gardens photos. xReplyCancel

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