On a recent episode of HGTV’s ‘Weekends with Luis’, Luis Bosch, the star of the show and general contractor, helped a young couple turn an unused carport into an extra room of living space in Ft. Lauderdale. Luis specializes in helping homeowners get high-end designs without high-end budgets. HGTV asked us to provide the landscaping to accessorize and complete the project. Due to filming restrictions and television deadlines, we had to move fast, asking one of our favorite nurseries to open outside of their normal business hours so we could pick up the specimen plants which we wanted to use to showcase the home. We arrived at the destination on a Sunday morning and it was mobbed with other contractors feverishly working inside the house. Their vehicles and the trucks from the production crew were scattered along the street and the police came by a few times to ask people to move their cars. Curious neighbors inquired about the cause of this mysterious commotion in their normally quiet neighborhood. We were; however, sworn to secrecy until this episode aired so we couldn’t tell them much. Luckily, the morning drizzle cleared so we could get to work setting up the plantings. The homeowners were sent away for the day so they would be surprised by the final result. When they returned, they were ecstatic about the new look of their home and they fell in love with the tropical landscaping. We utilized colorful, tropical plants in the design including Ground Orchids, Crotons, Bromeliads, Crown of Thorns, Firespike, Ti Plants and Bird of Paradise. A short clip of the episode can be found on the HGTV website featuring our landscape work at the end! We were thrilled to help Luis and the homeowners create a luxury look with a manageable budget and would love to do the same for you!
This landscape design at Toscana in Highland Beach, Florida consists of three very tall condominiums overlooking the ocean as well as swimming pools, tennis courts and plantings. The primary view of this design is actually from above rather than from ground level. When designing from a bird’s eye view, plants and trees must be envisioned from the top rather than from the side or below. Fortunately, palms are very attractive when viewed form above and become instant specimens amongst a sea of ever changing, colorful, tropical plants below.
An important design concept to remember are the Color Rules of Thumb. Cool colors such as blues and greens tend to recede and may become nearly invisible from great distances. Warm colors such as reds, oranges, yellows, and bright pinks and purples provide the “pop” needed to stand out from above. We planted many bright Bougainvilleas as well as yellow Durantas and Trinettes to create appeal from the balconies.