Tropical Gardening Design Ideas

How to plant a tropical garden video 1:08 minutes

Pick Your Tropical Plants

Tropical Plant

Tropical gardens have become quite popular in more recent years because the plants that you can grow in this type of garden are full of gorgeous colors. Tropical plants often have a more unique look about them too, which makes them all the more appealing for areas of the country where everyone seems to plant the same things in their gardens.

Beneficials Are Attracted To Tropical Gardens

beneficial butterflies
Tropical gardens often attract butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds too, and this makes the garden all the more enjoyable throughout the year. Tropical gardens can contain a wide variety of plants, but some require lots of heat while others require lots of water.


Most Admired Plant Here is The Bougainvillea

Some tropical garden plants such as bougainvillea, thrive on irregular watering patterns. The bougainvillea plant, for example, is natural in areas of the world where there could be pouring rain for weeks, then months of dry spells. You can mimic these conditions when growing bougainvillea plants in your tropical garden by watering them really well for a week or two, then not watering them for at least a month. You’ll find that these tropical plants seem to bloom best when they’ve been stressed or kept dry for extended periods of time.

Bougainvillea plants can be grown in a variety of ways too. Most varieties will climb as a vine in the right conditions and with the right care, but these plants can also be shaped and pruned into small shrubs and bushes too. Bougainvillea plants have hook-like thorns on them which can hurt if you’re stabbed by them, but these thorns are what allow the plant to climb fences and trellises, and create a gorgeous display of color.

Bougainvillea tends to create tiny flowers that most people miss. The flowers are surrounded by paper-thin bracts which bloom in a variety of bold, beautiful colors, and most people think these bracts are the actual flowers of the plant. The flowers themselves though, are tiny and located inside the bracts.

Other Excellent Plants
Esperanza and Spanish Broom are two more excellent plants to put into a tropical garden. These plants do quite well in really dry gardens too, because they’re both heat and drought tolerant, which makes these beautiful plants quite hardy and tough. Despite their toughness though, both of these plants produce gorgeous, bright showy yellow flowers that bloom continuously from spring through fall.

Related How To article: How to Make a Tropical Style Garden

Butterfly Garden Design

butterfly meal
A butterfly meal

Creating a butterfly garden design is another wonderful way to enjoy nature in your yard and garden. Like birds, creating gardens that will attract butterflies is as easy as putting out plants, water features, and housing areas designed just for them.

The Best

One of the best kinds of plants you can have in a butterfly garden is a butterfly bush. These grow quite fast and large though, so you’ll need to make sure you have room before planting them.


It’s not uncommon for a butterfly bush to grow four feet or more in a year, so if you have friends or family who already grow them, you may want to consider taking a cutting from theirs to get yours started. Butterfly bushes come in a variety of colors too, so you’ll be able to pick and choose your favorites, or colors that compliment the rest of your garden design.
Use a Weed for The Butterflies

butterfly weed

butterfly weed

Another excellent plant to put in your garden which works wonderfully for attracting butterflies is called a butterfly weed. These are much smaller than the bushes, so they can be grown in small garden spaces or patio containers. For a short video on butterfly weed click here.

Create Their Habitat

There is a wide variety of plants and flowers which will attract butterflies to your garden. Butterflies like nectar just as hummingbirds do though, so sometimes you can attract both into the same garden. One of the most difficult parts of creating a butterfly garden though is the amount of time you must be patient. Butterflies take time to develop. You must create habitats that are friendly for both the grown butterflies and the larvae caterpillars which will emerge from the eggs they lay.

Now for the Caterpillars

Monarch caterpillar
Monarch caterpillar

Once the eggs hatch too, your new caterpillars will start eating the host plants too. Many gardeners who aren’t familiar with this cycle will sometimes think something is wrong with their garden when they see spots caterpillars have been feeding on, so the Spray chemicals thinking that the plants have some Kind of bug or disease. If you spray the plants of course though, you’ll usually kill the caterpillars. And if you do that of course, you won’t end up with any butterflies.

Butterfly Houses

Butterfly House
Now in addition to putting plants and flowers in your garden to attract butterflies, there are little butterfly houses you can buy for both decoration and functionality too. Like birdhouses, butterfly houses will provide butterflies safe and comfortable places to live, nest, and lay eggs. So providing these in your garden is almost guaranteed to start helping you build an active butterfly community in your yard.

They Need Water

Birdbath for birds and butterflies
Birdbath for birds and butterflies
Butterflies like water features too though, so be sure you’re providing this in an easily accessible area of your butterfly garden. If you don’t mind having different wildlife using the same things in your garden, you’ll probably be fine using a birdbath for both birds and butterflies. Birdbath for birds and butterflies. Just be sure to clean it out regularly without soap or chemicals, so it will stay a healthy and fun place for the wildlife to bath, drink, and play.

Related How To article: The 3 parts to Create a Butterfly Garden

Bulb Garden Designs

Bulb Garden

Bulb gardens tend to be a favorite of many, particularly when you want a formal looking garden that has lots of vibrant, cheery color in it. When you mention bulb gardens to most people though, they automatically think you’re talking about tulips or daffodils. There are in fact though, many variations of plants that grow from bulbs.

Favorite Bulb Types

Tulips, daffodils, and hyacinths are some of the most popular types of flowers to grow in a bulb garden, but others you may like include many different kinds of Lily flowers, snowdrops, crocus, dahlias, canna lilies, irises, begonias, amaryllis, and many others. All of these bulb flowers are gorgeous in almost any type of garden you can imagine. They come in a large variety of sizes, colors, textures, and shapes, plus they blossom wonderfully throughout a variety of months each year.

Flower Bulbs

Cannes lily

A bulb garden starts with flower bulbs. Bulbs are the “root” of the plant essentially, and this is where the food is stored during winter months while the plants themselves are dormant. Once springtime comes though, or the particular part of the year which is best for your chosen bulb garden flowers, new shoots and leaves will sprout from the buried bulb, and grow into a gorgeous full-grown blooming plant.

Need Spring or Fall Bulbs

Bulbs are usually classified as spring bulbs or fall bulbs. Spring bulbs are those which sprout and flower in the springtime, while fall bulbs will flower in the fall. Spring bulbs are actually planted in the fall though, generally from September through October in most parts of the United States, because they need the initial wintering period to prepare for flower production in the springtime.

Fall bulbs are planted from February through April or May in most areas, and these will stay dormant until the leaves begin to turn. Planting a mixture of both fall and spring bulbs in your bulb garden will give you the longest blooming time though, so most bulb gardeners prefer to include both in their gardens.

Bulb Requirements

Bulbs usually need moist rich soil which drains well. They like sunlight too, but they’ll tolerate filtered sunlight usually as well. Bulbs can often be grown in pots or containers instead of the ground too, and sometimes they’ll even grow nicely as an indoor houseplant too.

Natural Habitat?

When planning your bulb garden, try to learn more about the natural habitat of each bulb flower you’ll be planting. Tulips for instance, like warm and dry soil conditions. Daffodils are natural meadow growing flowers, so they love lots of sunlight. Bluebells and snowdrops grow naturally in wooded areas though, so they tend to do best in shadier spots of your garden.

Related How To article: The 4 parts to Make a Bulb Garden

Border Garden Design Ideas

One of the many ways to enhance your curb appeal.

border garden

Creating Border Gardens

Creating a border garden design is a wonderful way to improve the overall look of your yard in general, and create dividing lines between specific areas or sections. If for instance, you want to divide your front yard space from the back yard, you could put a border garden in that will look pretty and define the space, without taking up a lot of room or completely blocking the view.

Border gardens look

They look particularly nice when placed around the outside edge of a lawn or yard area though. These small garden beds will define the border of your property, make it look much more appealing, and are usually less expensive than installing a full-fledged fence. Plus the border gardens usually accent the yard instead of blocking it from view inside or out.

The following video is 2:30 long and has lots of beautiful border garden designs.

A border garden is often made just like other types of garden beds are, but they’re designed to sit low on the ground, and they usually have small or dainty plants in them because they’re used more for accent and appeal instead of creating barriers.

Garden Border Material

small wooden or railroad ties
photo by Lynn Greyling

Almost any kind of garden bed border material can be used too. If you have a brick house, for instance, you could use matching bricks to line your border garden. Alternatively, you could buy small river rocks or stones, which are larger than pebbles but not as big as boulders are, and use those for the garden bed border.

There are also plenty of decorative, inexpensive pre-molded borders you can buy too, and these are usually sold in any garden center, nursery, or discount department store. Some are designed to look like small picket fences, and others look like a low rock wall. There are some which look like small wooden or railroad ties too though, so the design ideas are almost limitless when you’re planning your border garden.

Border Garden Plan

To plan your border garden though, you’ll need to take some initial measurements of the space your garden will go around. If for example, you’re putting a border garden around the outside boundaries of your front lawn, then you would need to measure the length of each side of the yard which will have the border garden installed.

This video is 1:53 minutes long on planning a garden border.

Since border gardens tend to be built low to the ground, you normally just need to buy enough materials for each side of your garden one layer deep. If you’re using bricks, for instance, you’d lay the bricks end to end when creating your garden border, but you wouldn’t need enough bricks to put a second row on top of the first unless you wanted the garden border to be a little higher.

In most cases, once you’ve purchased your border materials, all you need to do is lay them out into their designated spaces. Using our bricks example, you’d place the bricks end to end laying on their sides, at the farthest outside perimeter of your yard. Create a line of bricks all the way down one edge, then turn the corner when you get to it and butt the first brick for the next side up against the last brick from the side you just finished.

Once you have the entire outside area laid, then you simply start laying an identical line of bricks approximately one to two feet from the last line you created. This line will be inside your yard perimeter and will make up the front of your border garden bed. Your border material will sink into the soil slightly and become more stable over time, but you can help it along by soaking the areas you’re placing them, and pushing down firmly as you lay the material around your yard.

What Now

Once the border is completed, all you have to do is put in some plants and flowers. You can simply dig small holes in the existing grass area within your new border, or you can spread a thin layer of new topsoil to plant in instead. Be sure to space your plants appropriately so they won’t crowd each other out as they mature.

Here is a real quick idea for your border garden design. 1:25 minute video.

Annual Flowers Video – Brought To LIfe

I thought this video would say more to educate people on annual flowers than anything I could write about. I hope you get a lot of information to help with your garden designs.

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Why Make A Large Garden Teepee?

Large Garden Teepee

Gardening doesn’t have to be boring. You can create your own unique garden with just a few creative tips. There are many climbing plants that one can plant. Today, we’re going to focus on climbing peas, beans and flowers (such as morning glory).

Gather Some Big Sticks

Gather up some large sticks. Your sticks should be approximately 1 to 2 inches in diameter and at least 5 to 6 feet long. You should have at least 10 of these sticks to start.

Garden Twine

You’ll need a roll of sturdy but pliable garden twine. Take three of the sticks (I always use the 3 longest sticks for this part) and tie them together into a tripod shape. This will form the basis for your teepee.

Adding More Sticks

Now add in more sticks to make your teepee sturdy. Keep adding one or two sticks at a time at equal intervals apart and tie them firmly at the top with twine. You should have the outer section fanned out and the top section should all be tied together just as if it were a regular teepee. If you wish for kids to be able to play inside of the teepee make sure to leave an opening at this point in time.

Positioning Your Teepee

Now that you have your base its time to position your teepee in the garden. Dig a moat around the outer edge of where the teepee will be and place the bottom of the teepee into the moat. The moat should be a few inches deep. Once you have the teepee into position fill in the moat being careful to make sure that the base of each and every teepee pole is in the moat and being filled in. Pack this down firmly.

time to plant
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Now, its time to plant. Just outside of the moat dig a small furrow around the teepee edge. You may wish to alternate your seeds as far as beans, peas, and flowers go or you may wish to plant them in small groups. However, you decide to do it, gently place seeds in the ground around the furrow until you’ve placed all of your seeds equally around your teepee base.

Cover Seeds

Now that your seeds are placed its time to gently cover them. Place a small amount of dirt over each and every seed and gently tamp it down.

Water Gently

Now that your seeds are in the ground its time to give it a gentle watering. I prefer to use a watering can for this so as not to disturb the seeds and displace them. I water all around the filled in-furrow and let the ground soak up the water.

Wait Patiently

Now I wait. Patiently. Within a few days (if the weather cooperates) I will see seedlings beginning to pop up. I continue to water with my watering can until the seedlings are several inches tall and won’t be damaged by the sprinkler.

Weed As Needed

Weed your seedlings as needed.

Wind Up The Teepee

As the plants grow I wind them up the teepee and allow them to wrap themselves around it.

When the plants are ready for harvest I have a fully enclosed teepee and can pick my peas and beans.

A little help to build your teepee in this video 2min. 43 sec.

Home Curb Appeal Ideas

This also adds value to your home besides the pride of beauty.
home with nice lawn

Home Curb Appeal  is almost always centered around how your lawn and garden areas look. Yes, there are things you can to do spruce up the look of your home itself – such as painting the house or trim, and cleaning the driveway surface and walkways – but the majority of your outdoor beautifying relies on how well your yard and gardens look.

Thankfully making your yard look pretty is usually very simple and easy. It can take time if you’re starting with a dirt lot, but you can speed that up by putting in ready-made lawns, and flowers which are already showing colorful flower blooms. So let’s take a look at the best steps to take with your lawn and garden to create beautiful curb appeal quickly.

1. Clean up

junk cars-on-lawn The first step to making the outside of your home look beautiful is to simply clean up a bit. Make sure you don’t have any old appliances or broken down cars sitting around in plain view for instance unless you’re planning to turn them into a decorative garden accent of some kind. Also, be sure to pick up any trash that may have blown into your yard the last time it was windy.

2. Trim up.

If you have grass – or even weeds – already growing in your yard, you can make things look 100% better simply by trimming it all up well. Cut the grass evenly, then use a weed trimmer to get all the edges, borders, nooks, and crannies trimmed too. Don’t forget to trim the weeds growing up the walls of your home, or around the mailbox post too. And last but not least, use your weed trimmer to do some edging around the sidewalks, driveway, or street-side curb. Edging is simply a process of cutting all the grass and weeds back from the concrete in a straight line, so nothing is creeping over onto the walkways and street areas.

3. Build a Lawn

starter sod

If you have a dirt lot or your yard has little to no grass in it and you want to have a beautiful lawn, all you need to do is lay down some starter sod. You can buy sod in squares or rolls at your local lawn and garden center, and all you do is lay it out across your yard area, then water it well. You’ll have a beautiful, lush looking lawn right from the start, and the sod pieces will start putting down roots within just a week or two.

4. Make it green

.There are usually two quick and simple ways to make your lawn look extra green and lush. One works within just a day or so, while the other can make the yard look much greener within hours.

The first option is to simply give your yard a good, deep soaking of water. Let the hose or sprinklers run for several hours to be sure the yard has received at least two to three inches or more of water. Giving it a solid soaking like this will usually make it look very green and lush within a day, but sometimes it may take two if the yard was fairly dry, to begin with.

The second option is to use plain dishwashing soap such as Dawn or Palmolive. Don’t use the soap which is for dishwashing machines, use the soap which is used for handwashing dishes. Mix about a teaspoon of the soap into a gallon of water, and put it into a feeder spray attachment which hooks onto your outdoor water hose. Then simply spray the entire yard until the feeder attachment is empty.

If you live in an area of the country where it’s allowed, you can simplify and automate this process by simply running your washing machine drain hose outside. Then each time you wash a load of clothes, your lawn will be watered and made more green at the same time. Note: This process also kills unwanted pests and bugs in the lawn too. Some places call it gray lines.

5. Don’t forget flowers

front with flowers

The last part of sprucing up the curb appeal of your yard is to simply put a few flowers in place. Go to the store and buy some plants which have already started blooming. These can be annuals or perennials, the choice is yours. Then simply plant them into pretty containers and set them on the porch or at the end of your driveway, or plant them. Following the above steps should improve your Home Curb Appeal

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Hummingbird Garden Plans

variety of hummingbirds

Hummingbird garden plans

If you’ve ever watched tiny hummingbirds hovering around a flower bud, you were probably in awe of them as they hover around a hummingbird garden. These tiny little birds flutter their wings so fast you can hardly see them, and many gardeners feel so strongly about these wonderful little critters that they believe their garden is not complete until they’ve attracted at least one.

Get Those Birds to Visit Your Garden

Attracting hummingbirds to your garden can sometimes be done just by placing a simple hummingbird feeder in a tree, or mounted to the outside of a window. This doesn’t always do the trick though, and there are much better ways to get these tiny little birds coming to your garden regularly. The best way, of course, is to simply create a hummingbird garden.

Porch Gardens

Hummingbird gardens can be small or large. In fact, some people create tiny ones in hanging container plants that are placed on their porch. The whole idea of a hummingbird garden though is to put out plants and flowers which hummingbirds can’t resist.

Hummingbirds Love Color

Hummingbirds like a lot of colors, so when you’re planting bushes or flowers designed to attract them, try putting several of the same color blooms together. This will create a larger patch of color that may be more successful in attracting the hummingbird’s attention.

Buy the Right Plant

Almost any plant which creates flower blooms in a trumpet or fluted shape is usually an excellent hummingbird attracting plant. Use this as a basic rule of thumb when you’re buying plants you’re not familiar with. Hummingbirds are attracted to plants and flowers which don’t have this shape too though. I’ve seen hummingbirds enjoy desert mallow flowers year after year for instance, and these are not fluted or trumpet-shaped.

Hummingbirds do seem to like the color yellow quite a bit, and they also seem to be more drawn to flowers which have a scent to them as well. Esperanza flowers, for instance, are a bright cheery yellow-colored tropical flower with a very light, sweet scent, and hummingbirds seem to love these.

Put a Watering Source in a Safe Location

Birdbath for birds and butterflies
Birdbath for birds and butterflies

Besides planting groups of colorful, scented flowers to attract hummingbirds, you should also put some sort of water source out for them. A birdbath for instance or a small bubbling fountain always works great. Be sure to place your water source away from bushes and trees where cats may hide though, otherwise, you may find yourself watching a daily cat hunt instead of daily fluttering hummingbird wings.

Safe Environment is Essential

father spreading chemical pesticide
father spreading chemical pesticide

When trying to attract hummingbirds to your garden, be sure you’re not using harsh chemicals and insecticides on your flowers because these will kill the birds quickly. In fact, you shouldn’t even add food coloring or other additives to a hummingbird feeder either – all they need is natural nectar, or sugar and water.

Hummzinger’s Hummingbird Feeder Amazon’s Choice

Related How To article: The 3 Parts to Make Hummingbird Nectar

Wildflower Garden Ideas

Image by Erika Varga from Pixabay

Planting wildflowers can make a wonderful, and completely natural-looking garden. Wildflowers often attract birds, bees and butterflies too, plus they’re excellent to use for areas of your yard which always seem to be a bit too bare and unfinished.

Want a Natural Look

Creating a wildflower garden can be as simple as scattering some wildflower seeds into a specific area of your yard, or you can create an actual garden bed or plot specifically designed for growing your wildflowers, then carefully place starter plants or seeds into a pre-arranged garden layout. Since wildflowers are supposed to look like they’re growing there naturally though, you’ll usually get the best results by simply scattering the seeds around.


Wisely Place These Flowers

Wildflower gardens are excellent to plant into open fields and empty lots, as well as specific areas of your yard too. They work wonderfully around a mailbox post for instance because they grow in a variety of different colors and heights. Having wildflowers grow around your mailbox post can give your home a country design type of look which is quite popular and attractive.

Propogate on Their Own

Planting wildflowers usually gives you a low maintenance, natural-looking garden that nature takes care of on its own. Since most wildflowers are native to the area you’re planting them in, you don’t usually have to worry about watering them much. Wildflowers also propagate on their own – which means they’ll drop seeds to the ground so new flowers will grow in the same area the following year.

Q. Do wildflowers come back every year?

A. Some wildflowers are annuals and some are perennials. The perennials will continue to grow and bloom for several years or more without you having to take cuttings, collect seeds, or anything else to help them. Annuals will only live for one growing season, but many wildflower annuals develop their own seeds too. You can collect these seeds and plant them in new locations next year, or you can simply let nature take its course. When nature does the job, the seeds will drop to the ground and hibernate over the winter, then many of those seeds will sprout again on their own the following year.

Random Seeding

Most people choose to plant wildflowers in a random way. They don’t plan where exactly each flowering plant will grow, and they don’t select plants based on color, height, or texture either. Wildflower gardens can be created in almost any way you’d like though. If you’d like to have a field full of peach or red-colored wildflowers, for instance, all you’d need to do is select wildflower varieties which produce the appropriate flower color for your needs.

No Need to Thin Crowded Plants

The most difficult aspect of wildflower gardening though, is thinning out the plants once they start growing. When you scatter the seeds randomly, you can’t usually tell just how crowded the flowers will be in your garden when they start to grow. It’s not uncommon to end up with too many flowers in one area though, so you have to pull some of them out to give the others room to grow — I don’t think so. The flowers are usually so pretty in bloom though, that making yourself pull some can be difficult. You will be rewarded, however, by the beautiful blooms you’ll start seeing on those wildflowers you left in place once they have more room to thrive.

This video shows the beauty of a wildflower garden in full bloom.

Related How To article: The 4 Parts to Create a Wildflower Garden

Shade Garden Ideas

Perennial Hostas
Image by Katie McMurray from Pixabay
Perennial Hostas Shade Plants Leaves Blue Hostas

We will look at some shade garden ideas that may be useful to you. Shade gardening is a type of gardening many new gardeners don’t think of because most seem to think that in order to have a beautiful blooming garden, you need to put plants in areas that get some sunlight. In fact, though, there are some shade-loving plants that are quite beautiful, and most of them create blooms of some kind or other as well. Many shade-loving plants also tend to have beautiful colors and textures on their leaves and stalks as well, which helps bring beauty and interest to a previously drab, dark, or boring area of your yard.

Variations of Sun or Shade

Shade gardening is not difficult at all, but it can seem a little tricky at first. And this is because there are varying levels of shade at any given time of the day. Some areas of your yard, for instance, may have filtered sunlight throughout most of the day instead of full shade. Other areas may seem to never see the sun at all, and still, others may have deep shade for most of the day, with bright direct sunlight for a small part of the day too. And these variations in the amount of sun or shade a given part of your yard has will determine the success or failure of your shade garden.

Filtered Sunlight

There are some shade loving plants which cannot tolerate any direct sun for instance, but they’ll do just fine with a bit of filtered sunlight each day. Other shade-loving plants though, prefer to grow in full, deep, dark shade all the time.

Best of All — Hostas

The best plants to put into a shady area of your yard and garden though, is called Hostas. These plants come in a wide variety of textures, colors, and sizes. Most of them create beautiful blooms too, but possibly one of the most interesting things about them is how they create such a wonderful display of color even when they don’t have any flowers in bloom.

Hostas are perennial plants, which means they live for many years. In fact, these plants actually get more beautiful as they age too because they tend to create gorgeous clumps of color that keep expanding and growing each year. Many types of hostas also show even more color as they get older too.

Hostas Prefer a Small Amount of Morning Sun

Hosta plants range from very small to very large, and though most will do just fine in a full, deep, dark shade, they tend to thrive best when they have at least a little morning sun, or some filtered sunlight throughout the day. Hostas will also grow quite well in containers too, so feel free to plant some for sprucing up the inside of your home, or the patio and porch areas too. We have looked at some shade garden ideas that may be useful to you, here a few more to consider.

Q. Which plants like shade?


Lily of the Valley
Lily of the Valley

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