Tropical Garden Hideaway

A young family's bland backyard is infused with relaxing island inspiration.

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A crushed seashell pathway leads down from the deck to the lush lawn and soothing pond. Since tropical plants don't fare well in New England, Tibbetts chooses shrubs and flowers of various textures, colors and growth patters so the yard will bloom year-round. To add interest to the middle of the yard, he uses some strategically-placed fir trees. Plus, Sienna now has a fun new play area surrounded by brown bark mulch.