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.
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.
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.
A properly landscaped backyard can create an atmosphere that will have your family outside in the backyard more than inside the house. Having a place to sit back and relax is important. If you have a beautiful backyard and no place to sit, you cannot enjoy your backyard to the maximum potential. Determine what type of seating would complement your house, style and backyard. Patio furniture sets are a good place to start looking for ideas. Keep in mind the different types of materials used. This may later help you decide what other features to place in your backyard.
Backyard landscapes have evolved from lawn and a sprinkler to new modern designs involving pools, spas, barbeque pits, tables, couches, and dishwashers. The modern idea for a back yard has become an outside room that you can use many months out of the year. Backyards are the screened porches of the twenty-first century but before you start digging the hole for the pool do some research online to view pictures of what other people have done with their backyards. Spend some time thinking about what aspects of their designs you like and what you dislike. Research the appliances you want to use and see if others have recommended the appliance for use in your area. After all what works in a backyard in California probably won’t work out as well in Maine.