10 Ways to Create a Backyard Oasis
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.
Photo: Roger Foley, Writer Brooks Whitney Phillips
1. Plant Lush Layers
“I would rather the edge of my property look like the edge of the woods than look at someone else’s property or a wall,” says
Raymond. From towering shade trees to midsize shrubs to low-lying ground cover, using different-size plants creates textured
layers. Here’s one of Raymond’s favorite combinations: a low layer of deep-purple ground cover that won’t exceed 12 inches
tall, a medium layer of flaming orange bromeliads and feathery green cycads, and an uppermost canopy of palms. “I like a garden
that, if not tended, still looks good―almost like nature took over,” he says.