Paradise in a pot
Common nursery plants can turn your patio into the tropics
Imagine Bali, the Indonesian island that enjoys perfect weather nearly year-round. Picture its lush green palms and ferns, its bright flowers. Breathe in the spicy-sweet scents of jasmine, tuberose, and frangipani.
The materials to create a Balinese corner in your garden are as close as your neighborhood nursery. Start in the houseplant section, and select a few plants to re-create that tropical mood with foliage.
Add flowers too, especially if they have a rich tropical fragrance like Bouvardia longiflora or datura. But keep in mind that a pot containing primarily foliage will be easier to maintain.