Florida Landscaping Ideas for Every Style


Jacksonville, FL Landscape Design

If you live in Florida, you have most landscapers’ ideal climate. No freezing winters or snow to kill off all of your hard work. Green lawns and lush foliage year round. This makes for so many options when deciding what looks best in your yard. Here are a few Florida landscaping ideas for creating an awesome tropical paradise.

4 Simple Backyard Landscaping Ideas

  1. Layer your yard. This is a very simple design idea that makes for an awesome product. If you are designing a landscape from scratch you are going to want to know the exact plants you want and where you want them. Layering is an easy way to create an awesome landscape every time. It works a little bit like a class picture: tall people in the back and short people in the front. Pick out a few of your favorite large plants and trees, making them part of the back layer. Next choose some plants that are medium height. Throughout each layer you can decide where you want to add some splashes of color (bright flowering plants). The front layer is going to include your short shrubs that give it a nice finished edge.
  2. Add a pop of color. Whether you sprucing up an area that already has basic landscaping, or creating a brand new design, you can’t forget to add pops of color. Different colors give your landscape depth and personality. Since we live in a tropical climate it is common for people to have very bold reds, oranges, and pinks in their landscape. Flowers such as hibiscus and Bougainvilleas can add those bold, tropical bursts of color that can make any landscape look tropical.
  3. Embrace your tropical climate. Don’t try to pretend that you live up north, you live in Florida! Leave those oak trees and evergreens where they belong. Explore new tropical plants and palms. Not only will these native plants thrive better in the Florida climate, but they will also give you an awesome landscape that your friends from up north will envy. You can still add personality to your landscape by choosing your favorite of the thousands of tropical plants that already reside in Florida, so you don’t have to worry about a lack of options.
  4. Create a shade structure. One thing that you can’t seem to get away from in Florida is the sun. A popular addition to many Floridian landscape designs is a shade structure. Contact us about creating a customized tropical shade structure for your backyard. If you have a pool or a large backyard, this may be a good option to work into your landscaping plans. A little slice of shade is very appreciated in the dead of summer.

Landscaping in Florida allows you to think outside of the box, and come up with fun, new ideas. Experiment with bright colors and research the large variety of tropical plants that you have available to you. If you are having trouble finding inspiration, or just don’t know where to start, you should contact a Jacksonville, FL professional landscaping company to help you plan your own tropical paradise.

Originally published at Landscaper.org.


  1. Thanks for the tips! I’ve recently moved to an area with a tropical climate. I’m so used to living in a desert/mountain climate, so I’m not entirely sure how to work with this new climate to landscape my yard. I really liked your advice in Tip #3. Now that I live in a more humid environment, I can start experimenting with more exotic plants.

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