By Kathy Van Mullekom
Turn your backyard into a tropical oasis with just a few additions from stores near you.
Fill a large pot with sand and insert a festive-looking beach umbrella. Sprinkle a few seashells purchased at a craft store on top of the sand.
Embellish the entire area with summer-flowering hibiscus and mandevilla, tropical plants that will entertain you with hundreds of flowers now until late fall.
Group some lounge chairs with a beachy look and crank up the grill while you sip some cooling beverages.
The new Tropic Escape Patio Collection from Costa Farms, grower and supplier of indoor and outdoor tropical plants, helps you create that perfect “staycation” environment at home.
“These plants bloom nonstop and are easy to care for,” says Karen Weir-Jimerson, garden editor and expert for Costa Farms — www.costafarms.com.