Talking About Garden Bed Borders

Talking About Garden Bed Borders

3 Steps To Creating An Oasis In Your Own Backyard

Gloria Mills

For many homeowners, there's nothing quite like coming home to a lush tropical retreat. But if you don't live on the edge of the beach in the tropics, you might think that it's an impossible dream. The good news is that you can create your own tropical paradise in your own backyard just about anywhere. Here are 3 tips to get you started.

Size and Shape

The first thing to consider when planning your tropical retreat is how much of your yard you want to devote to it. This could depend on factors like your budget for the makeover, what your yard is already used for and how you plan to use your retreat.

If your yard is active and busy already, it may be best to design a small, hidden haven surrounded by lush tropical plants. On the other hand, if you entertain a lot, you might benefit from remaking a large patio or open space near the house into a tiki bar with a fire pit and entertainment lounges.

A Focal Point

Every tropical retreat needs a focal point. Unlike a regular garden or landscaping designed to be best viewed from a distance, your retreat should probably have a focal point made of furniture you can experience close up. Create a place you can sit back, relax and sip drinks with tiny umbrellas in them.

This cozy spot can be as unique as you are, consisting of anything from relaxing Adirondack chairs to fun, bold cushioned lounges. For entertaining or family outings, you could include a large outdoor dining table with lantern lighting instead.


So, what types of plants can you use to create your lush getaway? Traditional tropical plants include:

  • Palm trees – a traditional choice – including sago palm, windmill palm or umbrella plants
  • Cooler-climate palms like dwarf palmetto or Mediterranean fan palms
  • Elephant Ear plants that feature large leaves and grow fast
  • Banana plants, which grow quickly and have colorful foliage
  • Colorful flowers like Tropical Hibiscus, roses and Hydrangeas

If you live in a less-than-tropical climate, place most plants in large pots that can be moved indoors for the winter, or just plan to replant each spring. Be sure to discuss with a qualified landscaping service how best to care for tropical plants that aren't native to your area.

By using these three basic tips to determine what type of retreat is best for you, how to decorate it and how to build your plant collection, you can create that perfect tropical feeling for many years to come.  For the best results, work with an experienced landscaping company like Johnston's Greenhouse


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