Tropical Landscape Design
Namely in warm southern regions of the United States, tropical landscape design is an increasingly popular way to incorporate a bit of the islands into your own backyard. Tropical landscape design is as much about state of mind as it is about landscaping elements, so let certain water and plants immerse you in a sense of relaxation and rejuvenation.
Any tropical landscape design should include water features to counteract the intense heat of the sun. A rounded edged pool framed by sand is a great way to simulate a tropical lagoon. A more practical pool surrounding, however, is a flag stone patio with in ground or contained tropical plants. If you are in a winter climate, better pot plants in rolling urns that can winter indoors and choose hardier greenery such as junipers and cypress.