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Create an outdoor escape by using tropical plants to make it feel like a lush rain-forest. More patio perk-ups:

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Outdoor dining

Low maintenance plants - These aeoniums, papyrus, cordylines, kangaroo paws, and small palms need no fertilizer or pesticides—only occasional watering by a drip system and a little pruning. They also easily tolerate shifts from sun to rain.

Care-free garden design

Beaux Mondes Designs: New Outdoor Dining

Beaux Mondes Designs: New Outdoor Dining

Create a twig style window shutter/screen for privacy and shade. Cool idea

How lovely this would be as a herb bed with different types in different areas, I would have mint in one, lemon balm in another and lots of different thymes in the lower middle section.

Chinese lantern plant. One of my favorite plants ... As a child my mom plated these for me... They are truly beautiful!!

Balinese inspired garden

Soaking seeds before planting is an “old time” gardener’s trick that many new gardeners are not aware of. When you soak seeds before planting, you can significantly decrease the amount of time it takes for a seed to germinate. Let’s look at the reasons for soaking seeds and how to soak seeds.… By Heather Rhoades | Gardening Know How

Tropical Garden Inspiration

Baking soda neutralizes the ph in the soil and nothing will grow there. use baking soda around all of the edges of flower beds to keep the grass and weeds from growing into beds. Just sprinkle it onto the soil so that it covers it lightly. Do this twice a year – spring and fall. @ Do It Yourself Pins

Ponytail Palm / Elephant Foot Palm native to dry, desert regions of Mexico and the southern United States.

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