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20 Creative Florida Landscaping Ideas

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Here are the ten best Florida landscaping ideas for you and how to design them in a way that catches your attention.

The climate of Florida is unique and that is why there are endless possibilities to build something that can transform your backyard into an amazing park.

So pick up any of these ideas and design your backyard garden area.

But make sure you maintain them often or they will get messy and dirty.

And one more thing, do not go the extra mile and design something unattractive. Keep it simple and colorful. Now I will give you those colorful ideas.

1. Set Up a Lush Tropical Foliage

As you know Florida is known for its lush greenery. You can copy the rainforest look and feel in your personal backyard and have the same design as a forest.

elephant ear plants

Plant palms, ferns, and some elephant ear plants.

These plants will thrive in the humid climate of Florida and also add some visual beauty to your garden.

annuals plant

As you can see those Annuals look so colorful that you can not take your eyes off them.

A vibrant colorful garden bed of any flower always shines in all seasons.

Get this flower and set it up all over the yard and see how it will fill your life with color again.

perennials flower

Just like the annuals, you can plant perennials in the garden to have the same effect.

  • Or you can mix them up in a way that creates another design.

It is up to you my friend.

4. Plant Colorful Red Roses

rose garden

You can also use roses or any exotic orchids in the area to enhance the look and feel. But group each plant separately so that you can maintain them easily.

The ideas and plants are huge in number. Just choose the one you like the most and then set them up in your garden.

Plant Any of these Flowers

Apart from the annual, perennial, and rose these flowers also grow beautifully in the Florida climate conditions.

Here is your full list:

5. Plumeria

Plumeria Flower
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6. Lantana

lantana camara

7. Pentas

Pentas lanceolata flowers
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8. Red Salvia

fire sage salvia splendens sage

9. Hibiscus

Hibiscus flower

10. Gaillardia


11. Zinnia

zinnia flower flora plant garden

12. Set up a Small Pond

pond in the backyard

A small pond can also add huge value to your Florida garden. It will attract birds and improve the curb appeal.

If there is not enough space then set up a small tabletop fountain.

It will also improve the look and feel of the garden.

13. Build a Flagstone Pathway


A beautiful flagstone pathway is the best thing you can add to your garden.

  • It can hugely impact the view and the charm of the garden.

It will make the areas feel adventurous. Try it. 

14. Set up Outdoor Lightings 

outdoor lighting

Set up a special outdoor light in the garden area. It is not just a few spotlights. But it will help you engage in the backyard at night.

Just place the light strategically and you will see the beauty.

15. Set up a Vegetable Garden

Edible Gardens

Edible Garden or any kind of vegetable garden also looks good in Florida and people use them with other Florida plants that I have shared above.

You can plant fruits and vegetables like tomatoes, lemons, red peppers, and others. 

Plus a good raised bed can also enhance the view with a few basil and rosemary around it.

They will thrive in the Florida sun. So give them a try.

16. Set up Vertical Gardens

Vertical Gardens
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A vertical garden will look good along with your Florida rainforest.

If you do not have to build a big garden but build a small one or at least plant some climbing plants and let them climb the wall or the fence then you will see the design they make.

17. Get an Outdoor Seating Area 

Seating Nooks outdoor

Is it not a good idea to have a sitting area near the Florida plants and feel nature?

Yes, it is and you should not miss this. 

Set up a small sitting area with a table and enjoy the evening with a cup of coffee.

I am sure it will feel amazing especially if you are an introverted person.

18. Attract Wildlife in the Yard

bird feeder

Set up a few bird feeders, butterfly-friendly plants like marigolds, and a small water feature to attract wildlife. 

If they like it, then you will have a real rainforest feel with different birds all year long.

So add it to your ecosystem and let them come.

19. Low Maintenance Landscaping with Mulch

mulch landscaping

Now the most important part. All the above ideas will take a good amount of work to maintain them.

But if you do not have the time for it, then set up something that does not take much effect to maintain.

The best way to reduce your work in the garden is to add mulch.

Just spread the mulch red or black around the garden in a way that separates the plants and creates a design. 

20. Florida Wildflower Seeds I Recommend

Get any Annual Flowers seeds and start your colorful garden.

Buy them and let them grow naturally.

My Recommendations

Decorate your yard with any of these ideas.

Perennial, Annual, Wildflower Seeds for Planting (Best Overall)

Vertical Raised Garden Bed for Decoration (Most Affordable)

Vegetable Garden Planter Box (Premium Quality)

Last Words

So these are the best Florida landscaping ideas that you can set up in your backyard and enhance the look and feel of your garden.

Do not choose the design that looks good, but choose the one that fits your backyard. I wish you the best of luck. 

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Nazim Ali is an engineer who loves fixing things at home. He loves to try new things and share the knowledge with the world.