How To Create A Backyard Oasis In Houston With Palms, Trees, and Shrubs

Posted by Garrett Cleverly on 3/10/16, 10:11 AM
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How many times have you wanted to bring home that lush and tropical vegetation from your trip to Hawaii, Costa Rica, Aruba, or anywhere else in the world? If the answer is EVERY TIME, then you’re not alone and we couldn’t agree more!

We absolutely love creating outdoor oases and fortunately for us, the climate we reside in makes it an ideal place to plant different varieties of palms, trees, and shrubs for that outdoor oasis feel, especially around pools and water features. In addition, the spring season is a great time to plant everything as it will give the new material in your outdoor oasis time to acclimate and ensure continued growth through the summer.

Turn your backyard into a year-round vacation with our palms, trees, and shrubs for an outdoor oasis!

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Piru Queen Palm
Our Piru Queen is specifically designed for our climate. They are custom grown at our farms to be extra hardy in heat and cold. These palms have distinctive appearances compared to other palms that you will see and their thicker trunks and fuller crowns make these stand out when compared to the rest. Plant the Piru Queen Palm wherever you want to add tropical flair. These palms are great planted in groups to help provide shade and are awesome in tight planting locations.
 
 
 
 

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Pineapple Palm
Named for its resemblance to a pineapple when the palm is younger, the Pineapple Palm produces wide fronds and requires space when planted around a pool. It grows slowly, eventually forming a wide trunk and its fronds begin to rise from the ground, creating a classic palm tree shape. The Pineapple Palm can handle the cold and loves the sun. It’s a popular choice for tropical landscape and is commonly seen around resorts.
 
 
 
 

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Mexican Fan Palm
A classic resort style palm tree, the Mexican Fan Palm features a single trunk and is desired for its ease of growth. It can handle cold weather and thrives in the sun. The Mexican Fan Palm looks great when planted in clusters and its trunk can be skinned for a unique “cigar cut” effect that lends itself to a more formal appearance.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Jacaranda
For a tree that puts on a truly spectacular floral show, consider a Jacaranda. These trees often grow with multiple trunks, making them an interesting addition to your landscape. In the spring and summer, the Jacaranda tree produces purple trumpet-like flowers. This tree grows very fast and provides a soft, filtered shade with incredible blooms.
 
 
 
 
 

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Mediterranean Fan Palm
Compact size and ability to thrive in the hot summer months and survive the cool winters has made the Mediterranean Fan Palm a popular choice for an outdoor oasis. Commonly used as a stand-alone focal point around pools, the Mediterranean Fan Palm sprouts multiple trunks and is slow growing. The require minimal pruning and can be drought tolerant. As a bonus, they look great in containers.
 
 
 
 
 

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Sago Palm
It’s smaller size and slow growth make it an ideal choice for any landscape around your pool. The Sago Palm is easy to maintain and is cold hardy. It can grow in partial to full sun and actually grows a tad faster when planted in areas with more shade. Because they grow slow, the Sago Palm is a great choice for planting in pots around your pool.
 
 
 
 
 

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Blue Hibiscus
Bright blue and purple flowers make this tree a favorite for any outdoor oasis in need of accent color. Fast growing, this shrub is drought and frost tolerant and absolutely loves the sun. Its flowers bloom in early spring and these can be grown as a shrub or small tree.
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Hibiscus
This medium to large growing shrub blooms large bright tropical flowers with dark green foliage. They thrive in pots but need well-prepared garden soil that drains well for maximum potential.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Star Jasmine
Identified by its extremely fragrant white star shaped flowers, the Star Jasmine is a cold hardy shrub that will twine itself up a fence or trellis quickly covering a wall with thick dark green leaves. It blooms in late spring and throughout the summer. The Star Jasmine is best used for an outdoor oasis or transition areas and can grow in pots. It can grow in shade to full sun and performs best when planted in well-drained soil.
 
 
 
 

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Tropical Bird of Paradise
This large tropical ornamental plant produces huge banana-like leaves with eye-catching bright orange and blue flowers that add a tropical splash to any landscape. This plant can reach five feet in height and will acclimate to full sun. The Tropical Bird of Paradise is also a great patio container plant, entryway accent, and poolside plant.
 
 
 
 
 

lantana

Lantana
One of the most colorful plants around, the Lantana thrives in the hot summer months and blooms throughout the spring and fall in purple, white, pale yellow, red, gold, or pink colors. In the winter, the Lantana will drop its foliage and then re-leaf in the very early spring. The Lantana is one of the fastest growing ground covers and is drought tolerant.
 
 
 
 
 

The tropical oasis you’ve envisioned can become a reality by the summer if you take advantage of the spring planting season. Planting in the spring will give your new investment the best chance to establish and avoid shock and stress. Stop in a speak with any of our oasis experts at any Moon Valley Nurseries location.

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