A concrete tile path leads over still water to the wood front door of this home. On either side of the pool, built in rectangular planters house palm trees matching the palms planted against the house. Yellow lighting gives the entry area a warm and romantic glow.
Problem: Bumps on plant leaves and stems. Solution: Scale, insects with hard shells, often infest houseplants; a sooty, black mold can signal their presence. Try scraping them off with your fingernail or the edge of a butter knife. If your plant is badly infested, or the problem persists, try “spot-treating” by touching the scale with a cotton ball dipped in rubbing alcohol. If that doesn’t work, step up to a product labeled for scale.
Palm trees fill this tropical waterfront property in Lido Key, Florida. A well-groomed lawn surrounded by foliage plants and flowering plants are key elements in the front yard of the new two-story custom home with bay views.
As you select plants to serve as focal points in your décor, consider how large the plant grows and also how quickly it achieves that size. Plants like sentry palm and Swiss cheese plant (Monstera deliciosa) can double their size in a few years, given the right conditions. Chinese money plant, on the other hand, maintains a tidy size, growing slowly to 8 to 12 inches tall. With thick, succulent-like leaves, the plant doesn’t demand much water and thrives in low light. Unusual, round leaves make this plant a conversation piece.
Grass is planted between large pavers to soften the hardscaping, and the walkway creates a contemporary, geometric entry to this modern Florida home. Sleek landscape lighting and palm trees line the pathway.
This gorgeous eco-friendly house is powered by a photovoltaic canopy that shades a large rooftop terrace. Other roof areas are planted with native species that provide insulation and screening. All waste is processed through a digester and artificial wetlands system.