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Tropical Landscape Design

Ideas that will help you bring the tropics to your own backyard

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Tropical Design Sheets

Use these design sheets to get color, décor, materials, plant and fabric recommendations for the three styles of Tropical gardens.

South Pacific Landscape Design (PDF)
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Tropical Swimming Pool DesignMany tropical style yards feature a swimming pool. These pools usually have a natural look as if you could stumble upon them in the rainforest or jungle. This natural appearance is achieved through the use of faux boulders. Sometimes these boulders can also serve as a waterfall, jumping rock, or even have and incorporated water slide. You can add to the tropical vibe by replicating the sparkling turquoise water of a tropical island beach. This dazzling color is created by selecting a light colored interior pool finish.

A Shade Structure with a Tropical VibeIn an outdoor living space shade is often essential, especially during warm summer months. For a landscape with a tropical theme you should select a thatched roof patio cover. These structures, which have a roof covered in palm fronds or reeds, are known as either a tiki hut or a palapa. To complete the look the columns supporting the structure can be made of real or faux bamboo.

Putting the Final Touches on a Tropical YardMany homeowners often overlook the final touches of their landscaping. Adding just the right outdoor décor will help solidify your yard's tropical theme.

Ideas for Tropical Outdoor Décor:

  • A hand-carved tiki statue or Buddha head statue
  • Citronella or gas powered tiki torches
  • A bamboo fence or bamboo path edging
  • Teak or rattan patio furniture with bright colored upholstery
  • A colorful Mayan hammock
  • A gas fire pit with lava rock filler

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