Tour a welcoming front yard deck

Lessons for your own entry from a little piece of paradise

Red-leafed ti plant
Photo by James Carrier

Hot color

“The vibrant jungle backdrop turns our deck into Shangri-la,” says owner Chris Beddow, who chose most of the plants for this Hawaii garden.

One key element: red-leafed ti plants (Cordy­line fruticosa), which glow like torches, waking up the mostly green palette of Manila palms, crotons, and ferns.

In cooler climes, sub Cordy­line  ‘Festival Grass’, Canna  ‘Tropicanna’ or ‘Tropicanna Black’, or some Solenostemon.


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