A Backyard Transformed Into a Tropical Retreat

A dark backyard is transformed with tropical plants and a bamboo lounge perfect for entertaining guests. Bronze accents and cool lanterns are the finishing touches to this relaxing haven.

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Hide CaptionShow CaptionThe homeowners want to give their dark backyard a tropical vacation look and add some fun play elements,
Roderick and Carin Alemania have a long, rectangular backyard they don't use. Landscape designer Sara Bruckmeier creates a relaxing, yet vibrant space where they can lounge, entertain and watch their son play. A bamboo lounge, play cube, herb garden, window treatments and fountain come together to create this tropical garden.

The Alemanias' love their new home, yet they want to give their dark backyard a tropical vacation look. In addition to adding some fun play elements, they'd like to keep the level playing field for their 2-year-old son, Parker. The retaining wall needs a facelift, and it's time to replace the dilapidated shrubs with some unique plants.