Published at Wednesday, 04 September 2019. Backyard. By Forrest Lapointe.
Other options to consider might bed vibrant wildflowers and decorative landscaping materials. If you are designing a new patio, choose fun colors for the tiles or stones on the floor. Add special touches to your backyard to give it your personal touch. There are so many different themes that you can go with for your backyard. If you are wise of a tropical getaway, commodities in your backyard might be fruit trees, and coordinating flowers. You can also put a hammock between two trees and swing in the warm summer breath. Toss several candles available in your patio and several tropical toss rugs on the floor. You will be surprised what can be accomplished when trying to add feeling and warmth.
For the tropical effect, you should have at least one palm tree. It’s hard to imagine a tropical landscape without the presence of palms. Why palm trees aren’t used more in southern landscapes can only be attributed to lack of information. Plant one and you can be sure you’ll hear more than one ”You can’t grow that here!”. There a number of palms that can handle very low temps with little or no damage. Windmill, Sabal, and needle palms come to mind. Palms create the tropical foundation, now you need to enhance the tropical effect. Let’s throw in some bananas, cannas, and elephant ears with their huge leaves for a start. All are very easy to grow and, with a little work, can be protected so that they come back year over year. Yucca and big ornamental grasses add great tropical effect too. Add some real color sizzle with tropical hibiscus, coleus, and Mandevilla and you’re going to start humming Jimmy Buffett and reggae tunes for sure.
So, How do You do It? If you were lucky enough to live in an area that never has to suffer extended cold weather, you probably wouldn’t be reading this to begin with. You would have a year-round growing season with no fear of freezing temperatures, and you could grow whatever you wanted. For most of us, that is not reality so we’re going to have to get creative if we want to create that exotic, tropical backyard landscape, our very own little tropical escape.
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