It seems fitting in summer to give you a tropical garden tour of our property. Miami is a true mecca for designing a tropical garden and we have lovingly put our hands to ours for over 25 years now! Our goals have always been to create a home base with resort-style living. To take advantage of South Florida’s warm and humid climate with our foliage. Here’s how it all started…and I’m joining some fabulous friends today, so keep reading.
My Tropical Garden Tour – A Staycation Oasis
A view from one of the side areas of the garden with palm trees and Mexican Petunias for color.
We have lived in our home most of our married life and raised our family here. After only living here for a year, Hurricane Andrew blew through and devastated our area. We lost every single tree with the exception of one Plumeria and it looked like a war zone. More about that HERE. The photos alone want to make me weep.
We choose this home specifically for the land and knew that we could bring it back. With the water behind us and the large lot, this was the hidden gem that we had been looking for. It was worthwhile to restructure the garden and wait for it to grow.
Clearly palm trees and orchids are ubiquitous with even the mention of Miami. Undoubtedly you couldn’t escape them in the tropics if you tried! When we planned out our garden after Hurricane Andrew our first decision was to plant the palms in groupings. Absolutely odd numbers work better in interior design elements and it’s the same for garden design.
Our second consideration was to keep all trees away from the house. That way if another strong storm came through it might blow trees down, but not on our roof. Oh the things that you need to consider down here! Thusly, most of our landscaping is on the surrounds of the property. We are about to get the coconuts trimmed since it’s hurricane season right now. One year our landscaper removed 5,000 coconuts (yes, really!) which can become hurling objects in a storm.
Special areas were thought out where we could mix in ground cover that thrives in our climate. I enjoy sitting in the shade daily and watching the dogs as they run around outside. It’s the simple pleasures lately of staying home. In THIS POST I talked more about creating a tropical garden look, so take tips if you’re interested. If you don’t live where it’s warm year round, then try potted plants such as the ones below.
Warm Weather Plants
- Palm trees
- Air plants
Carving Out Spaces
Out in the rear of the property by the water we installed a large pea gravel patio. As well as the birdbath and the HUGE monstera, there are a couple of tables that we use for dining and entertaining outdoors.
This area is a bit far from the house. Nevertheless when the weather permits we will drag out the china and flatware and sit out here under the oaks.
A meal for two is perfect on the north side of the house where it’s shady.
Another spot that has seen a lot of action over the years is back here. We have a dock and my husband used to fish or take out the boat when the kids were growing up.
And unquestionably the most important part of our tropical home tour that we use daily is the pool/patio area. It’s why we bought this fixer upper and could see through the diamond in the rough that this home was!
Clearly this area is far from Pinterest perfect, but it’s real life and in need of a makeover. We have plans to paint the pavers in the fall, and that should make a huge difference.
We did just complete a garden project last weekend that I can’t wait to share after the brand approval! In the meantime…
Please visit my friends below who are sharing their outdoor spaces today as well!