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What I Learned While Remodeling My Home

Me and my wife bought a fixer-upper a few years ago with every intention on converting it into our dream home. The problem was, we were not nearly as skilled in home construction and remodeling as we thought we were. After a few failed projects, we needed to really take a step back and reevaluate our plan. We knew there was no money in the budget to hire a contractor to do everything, so there were some skills we were going to have to learn on our own. After several months of actively seeking out the information we needed to get the job done, we were finally able to successfully remodel the kitchen in our new house. While the house is still a work in progress, we are successfully accomplishing new tasks every day. In this blog, I hope to bring together all of the information we learned along the way.

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Northerners Need Tropical Backyards, Too! Landscaping Ideas For Different Planting Zones.

There are few things in life as relaxing as kicking back in your own backyard oasis. A tropical landscaping theme and a swimming pool help to complete the look, but what if you don't live in the tropics or the deep south? Can people in colder states have a nice tropical oasis, too? Here are some ideas for achieving a tropical backyard landscape, no matter what planting zone you live in.

Zones 2-3

While it can seem like a pipe dream to have a tropical landscape in Minnesota, it doesn't have to be. However, you must think creatively. In order to achieve a lush tropical summer landscape, the trick is to buy annuals and things that can be brought indoors for wintering. Many tropical plants do well in the summer, regardless of the location, but have trouble tolerating freezing temperatures. By purchasing annuals and hardy plants that can be brought indoors to winter, you can enjoy their beauty all summer long. Some great plants for this purpose are:

  • Hibiscus
  • Ferns
  • Yucca
  • Begonia
  • Canna

Zones 4-5

The slightly warmer climate and dryer conditions of places like Ohio make these zones a bit easier to grow some plants, but it is still difficult to keep tropical perennials from freezing. However, hardier plants can be mulched or brought inside for the winter and do quite well in these climates. In addition to ones mentioned above, some great options are:

  • Japanese Fiber Banana
  • Chinese Windmill Palm
  • Hostas
  • Mandevilla

Zones 6-7

With the increasing warmth of the climate, the possibilities continue to grow. For areas in the Midwest, there are many plants to choose from, and because the winters are not as harsh as in northern climates, selecting the right plants does not have to mean starting over every summer. In addition to the plants mentioned for colder zones, some great options are:

  • Sugar Cane
  • Bromeliad
  • Blue Palm
  • Elephant Ears

Zones 8-10

In the warm, humid climate of the Deep South, a tropical landscape is easily achieved. Most tropical plants will do well in this region, so the possibilities are endless. Some colorful plants that can add a nice touch to a tropical landscape in this climate are:

  • Lilies
  • Heliconia
  • Crotons
  • Sago Palms

If you are planning a summertime retreat in your backyard, think tropical. No matter what planting zone that you live in, you are sure to find plants to make your tropical escape become a reality. If necessary, hire a contractor that specializes in tropical landscaping like SWF Construction, LLC.