Design Experts Share Tips for Instant Outdoor Style

Landscape design experts and Costa Farms say New Party Plants add Tropical Flare into Summer Festivities!


Hot new tropical plants from Costa Farms make it easy to put the sizzle into any summer party for instant color in any size space.


"People planning outdoor parties think about the food and beverages but often forget about the deck or patio until the last minute,” says landscape designer and event planner James T. Farmer III. “Using tropical plants add bold color and turn any space into a festive occasion.”


From hibiscus to mandevilla, these colorful plants come in decorative containers, transforming patios and decks into a summer party for weddings, graduations and the Fourth of July.


Image of Sun Parasol Crimson on TrellisNo time to Plant?
Stunning patio ready pots add vivid color for any summer occasion. Colorful mandevilla fill trellises with trendy colors that work nicely on patios and decks to create an instant party atmosphere.


Bobbie Schwartz, past president and certified member of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD), recommends creating a focal point using a series of accessories. “Place three containers of varying heights near an entryway to welcome your guests. Use at least one plant that can be repeated in at least two of the containers to unify the look,” she says.


Farmer says he often places plants right in a container and then just top dresses them with sphagnum moss for a finishing touch. “I create instant containers by removing the hanging basket wires and popping the basket right into a pretty container,” suggests Farmer. “No digging or potting required.”


Create a Tropical Paradise
Image of Monsoon Mixer by Costa FarmsFarmer says, “Forget the party balloons. Use tropical plants in bright bold colors to inject a festive atmosphere into an outdoor scene. Vibrant colors add energy and excitement to outdoor spaces and few plants say fun as clearly as the hibiscus.”


Bring paradise home with Costa Farms’ new Tropic Escape hibiscus. The over-sized flowers come in more than a dozen hot showcase tropical colors like Caribbean Cocktail yellow, Tiki Temptation orange, and Monsoon Mixer pink and lavender.


The easy-care hibiscus bloom twice as long as old-fashioned hibiscus and can take the heat through the hottest summer months.


“Hibiscus is perfect for sprucing up your outdoor space for a big party or small intimate gathering,” says Farmer. “They’re versatile and look great as a centerpiece and can even be used for garnishes for salads, decorating dishes or making your own tea.”


Invite Nature to the Party
Farmer and Schwartz agree this year’s color influences draw inspiration from nature.


“Many of the new cultivars are lower maintenance and longer blooming than plants of the past and they come in bold, wow colors like purple, pink and orange that attracts birds and butterflies to your backyard,” says Schwartz.




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