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Tropical Landscape Design

Our backyards serve as a sanctuary, a place where the stresses of everyday life fade away. What better way to unwind than in your very own tropical paradise?

Transforming your backyard into your personal oasis requires careful planning, but the end result is well worth the effort. Here are some tropical landscape ideas to help you on the journey to your dream backyard.

Choose Tropical Plants

The initial and arguably most crucial step is to select the appropriate flowers and plants to give the feel of being in a tropical environment. Consider lush, green foliage and vibrant blossoms, like palm trees, Birds of Paradise, or black bamboo. 

Tropical landscapes boast bold and bright colors mingled with expansive green leaves. Incorporating plants like these will enhance the ambiance you aim to establish while also offering shade, privacy, and a natural appearance.

Be Creative With Foliage

Tropical landscape design focuses on visual effects. While we’ve already discussed the use of vibrant and striking blooms, foliage is equally as important. 

Providing depth and texture to your garden is crucial, which can be accomplished by combining various types of plants. For instance, you can connect smaller plants like ferns, with large-leaved Zabrina and contrast them with elegant and slender bamboo.

Make The Most of Your Space

Regardless of the size of your available space, it is possible to create the tropical paradise you have always dreamed of.

Utilizing pots and containers is an excellent way to introduce tropical elements to your backyard, even when space is limited. Numerous plants, such as canna lilies and vibrant petunias, thrive in pots, adding dramatic bursts of color. To achieve a tropical aesthetic, the addition of ferns brings a sweeping splash of vibrant emerald.

Planting containers are available in a large variety of sizes, enabling you to layer different ones to create depth and texture within your yard.

Incorporate Natural Materials                     

When envisioning a tropical setting, materials such as rattan, teak, bamboo, and stone often come to mind. Your backyard’s primary focus should be on the flora and fauna to create that ‘vacation’ ambiance. By maintaining a natural and minimalist approach to materials, the attention won’t be drawn away from the bright blooms by any out-of-place furniture.

A wooden gazebo provides a place to relax, and its structure is perfect for draping hanging plants and vines. Combined with a raised decking area, you can easily create an outdoor living space.

Consider using bamboo to define different areas of your garden or to craft a privacy screen to make your paradise even more exclusive.

Use Atmospheric Lighting

The impact of good lighting in landscaping is often undervalued, yet it is one of the simplest enhancements with a huge impact.

Soft lighting adds ambiance to your tropical garden. Consider using small lights along pathways or using uplighting to bring attention to focal plants. String lights and tiki torches create a warm atmosphere, while lights nestled among plant leaves will bring a touch of drama to the landscape.

Lanterns strategically placed around seating areas create an inviting atmosphere and encourage your guests to sit back and relax.

Design A Seating Area

Establishing a comfortable area to sit and enjoy the garden is very important – you want to be able to relax in the paradise you have created.

With the proper selection of plants, you can create a secluded hideaway. Imagine walking down a winding stone path, pushing aside emerald green foliage to discover a welcoming hammock strung between two trees – the perfect place to forget about work for a while.

Rattan and wicker furniture also make fantastic additions and fit well into the tropical aesthetic.

For a reprieve from the sun, consider a pergola or a Chickee Hut, which blends seamlessly into the landscape and provides much-needed shade.

Create A Natural Flow

Some structures in a landscape are inevitable but may not fit with your tropical vision.

For example, your yard may need stairs to access certain areas. While you could try to hide them with large plants to hide their unnatural appearance, consider incorporating them instead to look as if they have always been there. Foliage can break up harsh lines, and vines can drape alongside to pull the scene together.

Pathways should meander giving the impression of being formed over time and incorporating materials such as stones or pebbles.

Tropical landscapes are wild and organic, and following the flow of your garden will create a sense of timelessness and harmony among your plants.

Add A Water Feature

The relaxing effects of flowing water have been proven time and time again, and what could be more delightful than listening to those calming sounds while laying in your hammock?

A water feature will truly elevate your tropical landscape to the next level. A fountain, waterfall, or small pond will add a tropical ambiance while providing a home for plants such as water lilies and lotuses.

A pond can be home to a whole host of wildlife, and even koi carp if you’re an enthusiast!

Create Areas of Interest

Exploring your tropical landscape, whether large or small, should be an exciting journey. What’s waiting to be discovered behind those cascading ferns?

Incorporating some garden art to surprise and intrigue your guests – think statues or unusual planters, even a hidden fountain or seashells wrapped around a palm tree trunk.

A wicker chair hanging from the branches of a strong tree will provide a place to rest for any intrepid jungle explorer.

With some planning, your tropical garden will become a serene retreat and a true escape from the daily grind. What could be better than having some quality time with your family and friends in an environment thick with green foliage, bright flowers, and the sounds of running water? You will feel like you are on vacation every day! Reach out to our friendly team at Highland Grove Landscaping and we will be more than happy to discuss how to make your residential tropical landscape design dreams a reality!


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