You can create a vacation-like spot at home with just
a few simple touches — comfortable patio furniture,
container plants and (hopefully) lovely summer weather.
Did you miss your tropical vacation this year? Don't fret;
create an island-inspired getaway on your deck or patio instead.
You can sip summer drinks under waving palm trees and beside
blooming hibiscus, and you'll even be able to afford to take
all your friends with you. Imagine, a tropical paradise right
outside your back door.
Start with a nice patio set. If your terrace has decorative
stone or brick, clean it and leave it exposed. But if you
have a wooden deck and it needs a little pizzazz, add an indoor/outdoor
rug. Make sure you have enough side tables, stools or even
decorative boxes or tubs to place beside each chair. You'll
need them for setting down your summer beverages.
Next, you'll require several large pots. Choose colors and
styles that make you think of sun and fun — turquoise, orange,
white, sand. You might also invest in pot stands with wheels,
so they can be easily moved once they're filled with soil.
Terracotta pots are less expensive and allow air to pass from
outside to the roots, although they dry out quickly. Plastic
pots are lighter and retain moisture longer, but you must
be careful not to drown the plant roots. Cast iron, copper
and wood can be very heavy but hold moisture well.
Now for the fun part — choosing the plants that will bring
the tropics home. Think color, think fragrance and think large.