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We asked Miami landscape architect Raymond Jungles, who’s known for this lush, low-fuss gardens, to share his secrets for turning any yard into a tropical retreat.

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8. Fill Your Containers with a Mix of Textures
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8. Fill Your Containers with a Mix of Textures

Slow-growing trees, like Florida silver palms, or bromeliads, with their spiked leaves and extremely long-lasting blooms, become a striking focal point on a patio, terrace, or balcony. “When selecting containers, I prefer simple, clean forms over ornamentation,” says Raymond. “I also like unusual old pots that have an interesting patina.” Shady options: “Triangle palms are sculptural, and take low light conditions surprisingly well,” Raymond says. “Pair them with bromeliads with a similar silver/blue color, such as tillandsia and Aechmea fasciata. Nestle the bromeliads into a bed of dark gray river rock of various sizes.”

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