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
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.