Dreaming of creating a cool rainforest in your backyard. Even the smallest of backyards have the potential to be converted to a cool retreat. There’s something about creating a cooling backyard. For the gardeners in the north, creating a rainforest garden is easy. The conditions are perfect to grow tropical plants and adding a few shade trees will further enhance to tropical feel.
In the southern states creating a rainforest starts with the trees. A shaded canopy will create a microclimate that will help establish more delicate understory plants. Protecting these from extreme conditions in winter will allow them to thrive. In addition, the more shaded the garden with a canopy of foliage is the less weeds that will germinate. Eventually a tropical rainforest garden may turn into the ultimate ‘maintenance free’ garden.