3. Incorporate Natural Stone Accents
“When I’m designing a garden on Nevis or Mustique or Antigua, I use the island’s natural stone,” says Raymond. “In Florida, it’s limestone or key stone, which has a lot of coral reef in it.” If stone is not readily available or too costly, a similar textured finish can result from sprinkling coarse rock salt over wet concrete and pressing it into the surface. In place of ground cover or between pavers and stones, use black river rock, a common element in tropical landscapes.