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Create an Inviting Outdoor Oasis

This homeowner wants a tropical, natural environment to complement her house and an area where she and her kids can play and relax.

Before: Dead Backyard
There are dead plants, a sink hole and no shade. "It's a pit," says homeowner Moira Gubbins of her backyard. "I lead an incredibly busy life, and I want this backyard to be a fun place to relax, keep cool and escape from my kids." She wants a tropical, natural environment to complement her house.

Landscape designer David Ross creates an inviting outdoor setting by altering the microclimate in her backyard and adding a tropical feel that adds more shade for warm days.

After: A Tropical Retreat
The new backyard is a semi-tropical paradise, with a one-of-a-kind arbor that will eventually be covered in flowering vines.

fountain (Smith & Hawken)
bat houses and bird bath mister (Wild Bird Center)
bench (Wooden Duck)

Fountain
The fountain didn't cost a lot, but it brings in the cooling sounds of water.

fountain (Smith & Hawken)
bat houses and bird bath mister (Wild Bird Center)
bench (Wooden Duck)

Citrus Grove
A new citrus grove provides a relaxing place to read a book.

fountain (Smith & Hawken)
bat houses and bird bath mister (Wild Bird Center)
bench (Wooden Duck)

Bench
Across the yard, a bench beneath the tree provides another getaway.

fountain (Smith & Hawken)
bat houses and bird bath mister (Wild Bird Center)
bench (Wooden Duck)

Bat Houses
New bat houses will help attract the flying mosquito eaters, making the yard a lot more pleasant.

fountain (Smith & Hawken)
bat houses and bird bath mister (Wild Bird Center)
bench (Wooden Duck)

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    • Wild bird supplies from Wild Bird Center
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