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.
A backyard habitat is usually a home to many different kinds of wildlife. Some backyards wake up in the summer with butterflies, bees, wild flowers, insects, and bugs of all kinds. Some people design their backyard so that it can be a safe place for some animals during the more intense winter season. One of the main reasons why backyard habitats are growing in popularity is the fact that natural wildlife continue to diminish; and in some locations, this is occurring at an alarming rate due to industrial developments and residential communities.
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.
For any pro-green individual who is interested in different ways they can contribute to their environment, a backyard sanctuary is certainly an environmentally friendly option. Many rural areas are being subjected to various types of industrial and residential developments, which result in the destruction of the natural wildlife habitats of many species big and small. These developments leave many types of wildlife without a functional home. Thus, individuals who decide to open their backyards as a wildlife home are offering a shelter to many wildlife that are finding it difficult to locate an ideal natural habitat of their own.
In amongst our flowering shrubs in our front yard, we have planted blueberry bushes. They are as pretty as the flowering shrubs and give us the added benefit of mouthwatering blueberry snacks. As they grow they will provide additional quantities to freeze and preserve. Plant at least three different varieties for cross pollination. Strawberries are wonderful ground cover, keeping your weeds to a minimum and delighting your pallet. If you wish to have a spectacular focus pyramidal tree of 15-30 foot in your backyard landscaping plans, plant a hardy paw paw tree. You will have gorgeous waxy green leaves from spring to frost and eat delicious fruit with a custard banana flavor.