Published at Thursday, 12 September 2019. Backyard. By Victor Levasseur.
Anything with big, deep green leaves works great, and all the better if it is evergreen. Ornamental grasses like Pampus and Maiden grass make great foundation plants. They seem to add a care-free feel to the landscape as they move with the wind. You should be able to find several that are adapted to your area. Finally, try to find some color for the foundation. Any shrub or tree that flowers and is well adapted to your area is great for your foundation. Crepe myrtles are favorites in southern landscapes. Remember, the idea here is to set that permanent foundation. You’ll definitely want to use things that are reliable in your area, and will not succumb to winter cold.
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.
Backyard landscaping can not only enhance the appeal of your home, but it can also increase the value of your home. Additionally, landscaping is a great form of exercise. Well thought out backyard landscaping can even help reduce your energy costs. Creating a windbreak with trees can keep your house warmer in the winter. And planting trees close to the house can provide cooling shade in the summer. Of course, all backyard landscaping ideas should start with your personal and family styles in mind. If possible, ask the whole family to brainstorm ideas for your backyard. This can help create a place that everyone in the family enjoys in their own personal way. It is a great way to spend time with your family, as well.
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