The first thing I do to make my garden feel summery involves adding a mass of Boston ferns as the backdrop for adding drama. Brilliant color or phenomenal leaves can bring the tropics to any home oasis.
We have our traditional indoor/outdoor friends, such as the white bird of paradise and tree gardenia, which venture onto the deck after the last frost, but they benefit from added pizazz. My goal involves creating a space that could occupy a tropical island in the Pacific.
A few tips to make your own oasis follow: