Backyard landscaping plans? You can have your cake and eat it too! No longer are we limited by zone to having spectacular incredible edibles incorporated into our backyard landscaping. If you are like us and have a big front yard, you can have the best of both worlds front and back. For this article we are going to concentrate on your backyard landscaping possibilities. Just realize, you can innovate and create into all your available yard space beauty AND taste (literally). You can incorporate incredible edible fruits and veggies easily into your landscaping plans.
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.
Create the Tropical Landscape Effect, Now that you have a foundation, or backdrop, it is time to add the tropical effect plants to turn that normal backyard or swimming pool landscape into your own tropical paradise. Here, you’ll use true tropical plants that have to be treated as annuals in your area, unless you are willing to go to great lengths to protect them from winter chill. There are many plants that are tropical or sub-tropical that, with a little protection, will come back from roots each spring (i.e. bananas, elephant ears). Then, there are the interesting, tropical looking plants that may have no problems at all with winter weather.
When creating a backyard environment, you should take some time to think about what type of wildlife you would like in your backyard, up close and personal. Being petrified of snakes and then creating an environment that snakes find irresistible would be a torturous mistake. This example emphasizes the importance of considering what type of animals you want frequenting your backyard. Specific plant life and bodies of water attract certain kinds of animals, bugs, and insects. Hence, in your backyard environment, you can plant greenery and create man-made bodies of water to entertain the type of wildlife you are comfortable with.
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.
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.