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Is Artificial Grass Suitable for Tropical Gardens?

For many gardeners in the developed countries of the tropics, a well-maintained lawn is often the showpiece of their front gardens, just as is...

Landscaping the Tropical Garden with Fruit Trees

In the tropics there are so many beautiful trees that are grown for their fruit that the ornamental value of them tends to be...

Healthy Baking: Chocolate Fudge Avocado Cake

Avocado, highly regarded as a superfood in recent years, is native to the tropical highland regions of the Americas, particularly in Mexico and Guatemala....

Building a Ranch House for Under $200,000 in the Philippines

Frank Witteman is a retired Dutch geologist living in the northern Philippines with his Filipina wife, Lita. They met in Kuala Lumpur in 2001,...

How to Grow Beautiful Begonias in the Tropics

Everyone loves the beauty of begonias, but some gardeners living in the tropics believe begonias come from cooler climates and can’t be grown in...

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The Pros and Cons of Living in Tropical Countries

For most of us born and raised in a tropical country, we really couldn’t think of living anywhere else. The thought of living in...

Golden Cane Palms – Love ‘Em or Hate ‘Em!

The Golden Cane palm (Dypsis lutescens) is a popular landscaping plant throughout the tropics. Its yellowy-gold petioles and infloresences and the more brownish-golden colour...

Pitfalls of Building a House in the Philippines

A Story of an Expat's Experience and Lessons Learned Building your own house can be rewarding for some and stressful for others, but it’s always...

Using Plants to Stabilize Slopes in the Tropics

In the small garden, the stabilization of steep slopes is usually achieved through the building of retaining walls. These can be built using a...

Growing Hoyas as Garden Plants in the Tropics

Hoyas are grown throughout the world for their beautiful flowers and exotic scents. In temperate climates they are usually grown as indoor or hothouse...

Best Ways to Make Compost in the Tropics

Turn leaves and organic scraps into Nature’s soil conditioner and improve plant performance in the garden Our modern consumer orientated society annually discards billions of...

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What Makes Kampot Pepper So Special?

Pepper is grown in many tropical countries. Vietnam, Indonesia and India are the world’s top peppercorn producers accounting for more than half of total...

Butterfly Pea: The Color-Changing Tropical Tisane Tea

One of the things I like about living in the tropics is that life is synchronous with nature. For a while I took this...

Where to Find the Best Tropical Interior Decorating Ideas on the Web

When we think about redecorating a room in a tropical home, or starting from scratch in a new house, we are often overwhelmed by...

The Beauty and Fragrance of Tropical Plumerias (aka Frangipanis)

Plumerias are small tropical trees that are widely grown throughout the tropical world. In some countries the plumeria is known as frangipani and it...

Best Home Driveways for Tropical Climates

In tropical climates there are particular factors that must be taken into account when deciding on the type of driveway to build compared to...

Brighten up Tropical Homes and Gardens with Heliconias

Heliconias are a genus of tropical plants that are much sought after by florists and home decorators because they produce spectacular flower bracts that...
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