Published at Wednesday, 04 September 2019. Backyard. By Françoise Cousteau.
The exotic, tropical look of your backyard resort will be achieved by combining a wide variety of shapes, forms, colors, and textures. Banana plants with their large dramatic leaves, beautiful foliage plants like coleus and gingers, open and airy ornamental grasses, beautiful climbing vines, and tropical blooming plants all have a place. What may surprise you is that there is also a place for many of our more cold-hardy and traditional landscape plants. Uniformity and normality are out; randomness and whimsy are in.
What is your budget and how much time do you have to devote to your backyard? You might consider gardening, backyard pools, fountains or ponds, outdoor decor and other landscaping. You can get any and all of this on a small to large scale so never feel like you can’t afford backyard bliss. Once you have an idea of what you want, it’s time to create the blueprints for backyard bliss. Don’t try to copy from a magazine or home improvement show. This is your backyard and it should be all about what you want and what makes you happy. Keep that in mind when designing your perfect backyard.
A Butterfly Garden: Sure, most of us want to keep insects out of our backyards, but butterflies don’t deserve exile: they don’t bite, they don’t spend their lives trying to get inside your house, and, plainly put, they are pretty. For those of you who love butterflies, or simply want to add some beauty to your backyard, consider planting a garden full of nectar-filled flowers, flowers such as Columbines, Begonias, Geraniums, Petunias, and Lilies. Butterflies will flock to these flowers and, if you’re really lucky, you might find that your butterfly garden also attracts a hummingbird or two.
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