The San Isidro neighborhood of Buenos Aires is filled with old stone houses, neo-Gothic churches, cobblestone streets, and lush greenery. Huge magnolia and jacaranda trees live happily next to tropical palms, and climbing roses cover stone walls. It’s a bit grand, a bit rundown, and loaded with South American charm.
This is where my aunt and uncle have raised their family. More than 10 years ago, after their three children were grown, Uncle Jorge turned to raising orchids. His garden is a perfect micro-landscape of San Isidro: Orchids grow alongside sweet gum and maple trees, Japanese anemones, and the most glorious gladiolas.
Inspired to try growing orchids yourself? Don’t say we didn’t warn you: Orchids tend to evoke obsessive behavior (The Orchid That Owned Me).
Get more ideas on how to successfully plant, grow, and care for orchids with our Orchid: A Field Guide and tips for how to plant, grow, and care for more of our favorite houseplants with our curated guide to Houseplants 101. Interested in other tropical plants for your garden or indoor space? See how to plant, grow, and care for various tropical plants with our Tropical Plants: A Field Guide. For more on orchids: