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Tropical Front Garden Design

Tropical Front Garden Design

Before starting on your new landscape design, survey your area and make some notes; you cannot concretely consider certain landscape decorating ideas unless you identify what kind of climate you are living in, how much you are willing to spend and how much space you have to work with. Additionally, as you browse several tropical landscape ideas and landscape pictures and make notes about the designs and landscapes that really jump out at you, keep in mind what level of ongoing maintenance is actually feasible. If you love working with plants, a large rose or vegetable garden is the perfect use of land; if you live in a hot or dry area, consider drought-tolerant landscape ideas. If you have younger kids, consider what they would enjoy as well, such as a large grassy area or a playground, swing set or pool. Think about what your family would use the most, as well as what would help boost your resell value in the long run. Lastly, when it comes to landscapes, be sure to consider different front and backyard ideas, as they are separate entities that serve two very different purposes. What plants should I add to my tropical landscape? When browsing landscape photos, think about curb appeal above all else; exotic landscape designs are your chance to make a great first impression. A flower garden is a great option, but if ongoing care is a concern, you can simplify the process by opting for low-maintenance succulents, bushes or hedges instead. If you don’t have a green thumb, consider simple and easy-to-implement landscape design ideas, such as grass, gravel pathways, water features, statues, wood fences or stone walls. What features should I have in my island style garden or backyard? While landscapes are seen as a primarily aesthetic component, there are additions you can incorporate in your tropical landscape design to make it as functional as possible. The Hawaiian style garden can be designed for entertaining and playtime with seating, dining areas, play spaces and sunny relaxation spots. A vegetable or flower garden is a common yard staple, especially if you add an interesting element like a pergola, arbor, walkway or fence. If you’re looking for lively landscape decorating ideas, consider adding fun accessories like birdbaths and feeders. For the ultimate party house, incorporate a pool and patio, or consider a deck with a fire pit, outdoor fireplace, barbecue and/or outdoor kitchen. If you’re an active, sports-loving family, add a basketball or volleyball court, or set up a bocce ball or croquet area. And don’t forget about furniture! A bench in a garden makes a great reading or meditation spot, while a weatherproof chaise lounge, sofa and chair are nice for soaking up those sunny days.
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Tropical Front Garden Design

Here for tropical landscaping design ideas? Lucky you. If you’re reading this, you likely live in a warm climate that can support tropical plants and flowers that bloom year-round. Paradise can be yours, but only if you’re willing to devote the time and effort to designing a tropical landscape plan that provides the perfect balance between beauty – and maintenance.
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Tropical Front Garden Design

Geoffrey’s garden had the opposite effect. A guide walked me through the long landscaped vistas of paddy fields with the lake as a backdrop, through the carefully arranged clumps of trees, up Cinnamon Hill past the Frisians grazing in the meadow. At the top of the hill, I enjoyed the long view back toward the main house. Everything felt open to the sky. This garden felt almost familiar to this Englishwoman, particularly the presence of the happily grazing cows. Only occasionally did glimpses of tropical plants in the interstices of the garden remind me of where I was.
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Tropical Front Garden Design

As with most yard and garden design ideas, tropical and all other design styles get a large amount of their feel and atmosphere from the types of plants used. Change the type of plants, and you change the entire style and theme of the garden.
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Tropical Front Garden Design

It’s important to keep in mind that, while tropical landscape design styles are more free-form than modern landscaping or traditional gardens, you still need to be aware of the amount of sunlight the plants you choose need. Ferns and orchids like filtered light, for example. Hanging flowers create a canopy for seating areas and add color to hardscapes such as pergolas and archways. Bougainvilla can be potted or planted along a wall or trellis as a blanket of color and scent. Begonias and hibiscus are additional tropical favorites.
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Tropical Front Garden Design

If you’re designing a tropical landscape for a front yard, save space for a walkway and be sure to define your front porch or patio. A lawn bordered by plants and flowers can be a clean approach. If you’ve got a screened porch or lanai, plants that desire partial sun work well in these spaces. Arabian jasmine makes a wonderful porch pot.
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Tropical Front Garden Design

Bevis Bawa (1909-1992) used his authority in a different way. Called the Brief Garden because his father purchased the land after a successful legal brief, Bevis’ garden is farther inland than his brother’s, and though it embraces the same tropical landscape, it reflects Bevis’ unruly temperament and casual approach to life.

Tropical Front Garden Design

The Villa Bebek in Bali belongs to garden designer Made Wijaya. The complex includes a home, an office, and this brilliant garden adorned with lush plantings and tropical pools.
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Private Tropical Oasis at Florida Keys Resort A previously neglected landscape was transformed into a tropical oasis for this beachside resort in Islamorada, Fla. Lush plants surround a swimming pool, oceanfront fire pit, and numerous private seating areas.
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We were influenced by the many lush tropical gardens in our coastal neighbourhood and overseas, too, she says. Tropical plants are also amazingly hardy. It also helps that Bilgola is full of red volcanic soil so everything grows really well! – Jolene's Gardening
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Whether it’s a manicured front lawn, stone-paved pathway or intricate landscape design, tropical landscapes benefit from the same attention to detail that the interior of your home does. Well-executed landscaping ideas can upgrade your home’s entire aesthetic, and the right plants, flowers and shrubbery can greatly enhance your curb appeal by adding color, texture and even fragrance to your yard. More
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Bevis started his garden (also a former rubber plantation) in 1929, almost 20 years before his brother. His design follows narrow winding pathways through dense tropical foliage, runs up and down slopes, then suddenly opens onto a staircase, a patio, a pond, or a strategically placed piece of sculpture. Walking through it one feels that Bevis somehow tamed the jungle for his purposes, but only momentarily—stray from the path and you are back in the forest.
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This tropical planting scheme in this front yard is very simple. And depending on your preference, may or may not use more foliage, accents, and color to make it complete.
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Visiting both gardens in one day, I was struck by the variety of emotions they elicited. Bevis’ garden, which I saw first, was the wilder of the two but somehow more comforting and intimate. A drenching monsoon rain had just ended, leaving a steamy and muggy atmosphere with drops of water still trembling on the palm fronds and rivulets of rain racing across the paths like little snakes. No other tourists ventured out in such torridly humid weather, and no guide appeared to accompany me. Yet I did not feel lonely. The paths took me from vista to vista, each more breathtaking than the last. I felt I was being led by an invisible docent who told me where to stop and look or where to sit and rest. It was magical. At every turn I was aware of the giant palms and tropical plants looming overhead, ready to pounce and return to the jungle the land Bevis had so cunningly captured.
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Your soil quality is key. Soil that’s too sandy, too marshy or not well drained will produce limp and ailing plants. Plants started in pots and moved to ground may need fertilizer. And tropical plants won’t withstand frosts or freezes, so be sure to check with your local garden center about the compatibility of your plant and flower choices with your microclimate and soil.
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Geoffrey had no doubts about the relationship between a designer and his garden. His philosophy was dedicated to the notion of man’s domination over nature; he moved water, hills, and trees without hesitation. “The long view to the south ended with the temple,” Geoffrey wrote, “but in the middle distance was a ridge with a splendid ancient moonamal tree, and when I placed a large Chinese jar under it, the hand of man was established in this middle distance.” Yet Geoffrey’s genius was to create a landscape so naturalistic that it could hardly be identified as man-made. Ondaatje tells the story of a visitor to Lunuganga exclaiming, “But Mr. Bawa, wouldn’t this be a lovely place to turn into a garden?” Geoffrey said this was the best compliment he ever received.

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