Beds of drought-tolerant grasses and flowers surround the front porch of HGTV Green Home 2009. Mature shade trees – including live oak, sabal palms, Ligustrum and crape myrtle – provide color and lend a sense of permanence to the landscape.
A walkway of permeable pavers leads to the front entrance, flanked by pygmy date palms.
Double doors, flanked by double-pane energy-saving windows, lead to the HGTV Green Home's elegant beach cabana-style foyer.
The clerestory, framed by nine windows, is illuminated at night by a 45-light chandelier.
Sabal palms planted amid Ligustrum are staked to stabilize the ball root and ensure proper growth.
The exterior, painted in ProGreen paint by Sherwin-Williams, combines a palette of sandy white and gray and tones.