SurpriseAZ, NW faced patio. I love tropical! How can I get a trpical-looking yard in a NW facing patio in Surprise AZ? I want lush, green, serene, and calming. Please help me. Jeannette I have tried pigmy palms, every kind of fern, even tried geraniums! Thank you for your much needed help.
Hi! Thanks for writing. The most important rule of gardening is to put the right plant in the right place, so start by making sure you're selecting plants that tolerate your climate, that adapt to the amount of sun/shade you have, etc. One great resource to get started is the Southwestern Gardening section here on BHG.com! http://www.bhg.com/gardening/gardening-by-region/desert-southwest/