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.
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.
Backyard waterfalls are the ultimate accent to any landscaping project and the never-ending compliments are a true testament to your pride of doing a project like this. In a matter of a single weekend, you can create a sanctuary that will pay dividends for your solitude, your pride, and it will actually increase your selling appeal when you decide to sell the home and move on. We have seen cases where the backyard waterfall was the deciding factor to a buyer wanting to purchase a home. So, when you consider the accents a backyard waterfall gives you, while you live there, it pays for itself a hundred times over when you decide to sell.
We are no longer so limited by climate zone. Most of us can now enjoy incorporating both the beauty and the edible delight of growing vegetables and fruit plants in our own backyard landscaping no matter where we live. Hardy varieties abound in fruit trees, fruiting shrubs, and vegetable landscaping possibilities. We will mention just a few here for an inspirational ideas in adding to your backyard landscaping plans. As our world shrinks in available crop sites, it is a bonus for every family to incorporate some incredible edibles into their backyard landscaping plans.
Tomatoes and cucumbers are a must. They can be grown in patio containers and in amongst your regular backyard landscaping. Add some lettuce and spinach as greenery in cooler spots of your yard as ground cover. Include a big barrel of mixed herbs in your backyard landscaping for a culinary delight. Thyme is an excellent ’steppable’ ground cover and edging. Lavender is a favorite of bees and hummingbirds. The possibilities are endless, we at LandscapingCentral.net have suggested just a few to encourage you to include incredible edible beauty into your backyard landscaping.