Published at Tuesday, 24 September 2019. Backyard. By Parnella Martel.
No matter what your backyard looks like right now, you can take the steps for creating backyard bliss. The first thing you need to do is take a look at your backyard. It’s time to really evaluate it with an open eye. Maybe you’re ashamed of how bad you’ve let it get or perhaps you just haven’t had the time to think about it in a long time. Go look at your backyard now. It might be a good idea to take a pad and pen with you. Write down everything you think of that you’d like to see changed about your backyard. Then go down this list and consider what can be done and how much it will cost.
What is a Tropical Look Anyway? Tropical landscapes are by their very nature very informal. To create your Backyard Resort, your backyard landscape will capture the wild and untamed mood of a natural tropical landscape. This mood can’t be captured with the boring, straight-line plantings of overly manicured shrubs that are so common in residential landscapes. The tropically-inspired garden will be much more casual, with seemingly randomized patterns of trees, shrubs, and foliage.
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.
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