10 Ways to Create a Backyard Oasis We asked Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who’s known for this lush, low-fuss gardens, to share his secrets for turning any yard into a tropical retreat.

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good resource for different types of drought-tolerant gardens, from traditional to CA native to arid tropical, etc.

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We love to use inexpensive Majesty palms everywhere—in rooms that need a little life and on patios and porches. It makes a gorgeous “thriller” plant in a big outdoor container—with showy Tropic Escape mandevilla and hibiscus surrounding its base. Botanic name: Ravenea rivularis Care tip: Majesty palms like moist soil, but don’t allow them to dry out or sit in water. http://www.costafarms.com/Public/PlantLibraryView.aspx?Id=47

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