Published at Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Backyard. By Orson Doucet.
Now, let’s go even beyond that and get into an area where you can get really creative and let your personality shine through…. garden art. There are no rules whatsoever here. Simple things like adding tiki torches along a path can make a real statement. Want to get more out there, create a faux Mayan ruin surrounded by tropical-looking foliage. If you don’t have a pool, build a small pond complete with cascading waterfall. Or, suspend a comfortable hammock between trees, complete with a fake (or real!) parrot watching over you while you relax. Remember, no rules here. This is all about you. Have fun.
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.
When you begin to do the actual landscaping, make sure you list all of the items you will need beforehand. Buy the right tools for the right job. Don’t try to cut corners and skimp on materials. Make your backyard a place that you are proud to show visitors and guests to your home. A properly landscaped backyard will be a wonderful gathering place for parties and family events. Ponds, waterfalls and water gardens can add a sense of tranquility and peace to your backyard. Flower gardens are also a great way to enhance the landscape of your backyard. Wild flower gardens can create a wonderful centerpiece and are certainly something to consider when jotting down backyard landscaping ideas.
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