Do you want to bring your backyard more life by integrating various designs and decor?
Introducing a blend of different tropical backyard decorations is one way to do so. The best part about taking up your backyard transformation project is that you can take any direction you want and opt for any design based on your preferences.
Plus, there really aren’t any strict budgetary needs for creating the tropical backyard look you want.
So, to help you get closer to what you want your backyard to look like, we’ve collected a list of our top best 25 recommendations for tropical backyard decor ideas you should go for this year!
- 1 Best Ideas for Tropical Backyard Decorations:
- 2 1. Start with Lots of Trees and Plants
- 3 2. Add Color to Your Landscaping
- 4 3. Add More Plants Around the Backyard
- 5 4. Find Something to Hold the Plants
- 6 5. Use Flower Pots
- 7 6. Add a Vegetable Garden
- 8 7. Plant a Herb Garden
- 9 8. Add Sculptures
- 10 9. DIY a Garden Arch or Arbor
- 11 10. Outfit a Pergola
- 12 11. Add Some Garden or Patio Furniture
- 13 12. Add Tropical Backyard Decor Details
- 14 13. Add a Drink Station
- 15 14. Consider the Flooring
- 16 15. Create the Perfect Lighting
- 17 16. Get a Bird Feeder
- 18 17. Set Up Hanging Chairs and Hammocks
- 19 18. Build a Small Pond or Fountain
- 20 19. Add Some Pet Fish Inside the Pond
- 21 20. Add an Outdoor Shower
- 22 21. Invest in an In-Ground Pool
- 23 22. Build a Fire Pit
- 24 23. Design an Outdoor Kitchen
- 25 24. Natural Stone Decor
- 26 25. Add Some Vintage Signages
- 27 Final Thoughts
Best Ideas for Tropical Backyard Decorations:
1. Start with Lots of Trees and Plants
Nothing screams tropical than a backyard filled with a selection of different trees and plants, such as bananas, ferns, bamboo, or palms.
There are many tropical backyard landscaping ideas available – you can opt for different tree and plant shapes and sizes.
You can go for a minimalist design or let your backyard look like the edge of the woods.
2. Add Color to Your Landscaping
To bring out the tropical backyard decor, you need to add color to your landscaping. Think of trees such as the frangipani or smaller flowering plants like orchids.
After all, colorful tropical flowers tend to attract wildlife such as butterflies and hummingbirds to add more color and Zen to your space.
I mean, who doesn’t like to hear the chirpings of hummingbirds?!
3. Add More Plants Around the Backyard
Adding plants to the backyard shouldn’t be limited around the garden.
To really add the tropical feel, you should fill up all the space with the right decor – without, of course, making it look overstuffed or choked. You can add climbing plants as tropical outdoor wall decor.
You can even take advantage of scented flowers to give your space that fresh, intoxicating whiff of fragrance the moment you enter the backyard.
Think of flowering plants such as wisteria, sweet peas, or climbing roses.
If you live in a four-season climate, you can choose flowers such as true jasmine that survive from summer through winter thanks to its frosty hardiness, of up to 23 degrees Fahrenheit.
4. Find Something to Hold the Plants
If climbing plants don’t work out for you, you can build something to hold the plants. You can simply build a wooden wall crate and hang it with different plant and flower pots. Don’t limit yourself to this design.
You can get a little more creative and opt for a makeshift wooden staircase that you can move around instead.
During winter time, you can always move the pots inside and set them out again during the warmer summer season.
5. Use Flower Pots
Adding plant and flower pots is one of the easiest and affordable ways to liven up your backyard instantly.
You can even mix and match, add plastic, terracotta, and ceramic pots.
You can also mix up the sizes. For example, an oversized pot gives a lush atmosphere if you pair it with the right plant.
6. Add a Vegetable Garden
Lastly, your tropical outdoor garden decor shouldn’t be limited to just green trees and flowering plants.
You can opt for a vegetable garden with an actual harvest to complement the tree and flower landscape.
Think of vegetables, such as green, yellow, and red bell peppers that add color to the space but are also food!
7. Plant a Herb Garden
The best part about adding herbs to your backyards is that you can place them anywhere.
You can even house them in a huge decorative crate and place them near your garden furniture.
So, before you enjoy that fresh salad, pluck a few from the garden nearby and add a fresh touch to your meal – what could be more tropical than that?
8. Add Sculptures
When you think of tropical gardens such as Mediterranean ones, sculptures most definitely come to mind.
Pick a few distinct ones to spread across your backyard.
9. DIY a Garden Arch or Arbor
The best part about making a garden arch is you can go any direction you want. You can use a garden arch as both an entryway and an added furniture piece (bench) of design to your yard.
For a more characteristic look, add a few climbing plants to the garden arch.
It’s probably one of the few types of tropical backyard decorations that may very well completely transform your yard.
10. Outfit a Pergola
Alternatively, if you can afford to, get a pergola instead. With the right design, a pergola creates a resort-style patio or cabana.
You can give a more classy and clean look by adding simple UV-resistant white or light-colored cotton drapes.
11. Add Some Garden or Patio Furniture
Pair up the pergola with the right garden furniture, whether they are chairs, a table, a picnic bench, or a pair of chaise lounges.
12. Add Tropical Backyard Decor Details
Spruce up the furniture with some tropical backyard decorations! You can add anything from accent pillows to colorful flowers or vibrant rugs for a complete look.
13. Add a Drink Station
Set up a place to whip yourself a cool tropical drink or cocktail. It can be anything from a wooden DIY stand or even a tiki-style bar.
One good tip is to use a drum barrel to fit in a small fridge and stock the top surface with glassware and other ingredients to save space.
14. Consider the Flooring
Consider the flooring – will you go for hardcore grass, add some wood details, stone pavements, or colorful tiles?
15. Create the Perfect Lighting
Lighting makes your backyard more attractive, cozy, and safer as it gets dark.
You can create any effects you want – whether you want to go for lamp posts, large string lights draped across the top of the yard, or smaller string lights draped on the walls.
To cut down costs, go for solar-powered lights which last longer and protect the environment.
16. Get a Bird Feeder
Sure, wildflowers such as orchids do attract butterflies and hummingbirds. However, a bird feeder brings its own share of beauty to the garden while still attracting countless types of birds.
You can get in ceramic, wood, metal design, or DIY your own, depending on your tropical outdoor garden decor.
17. Set Up Hanging Chairs and Hammocks
Inside the garden, set up hanging chairs or hammocks. After all, what says tropical than a weaved, colorful, or light-colored hammock attached to the green trees.
You will appreciate this space when you want to read a book, sip on a cold smoothie, or listen to light music in the evening.
18. Build a Small Pond or Fountain
Having a water decor is one way to add life to your tropical backyard. You can choose to call an expert to build one for you or DIY a small, simple pond or water fountain.
With a shovel, pond liner, water hose, a few rocks, and some green plants, you can have a pond built in no time.
19. Add Some Pet Fish Inside the Pond
You can add life to the pond with a simple collection of fish. Koi fish are an especially popular choice, thanks to their colorful shades.
Plus, the simple green plants and hedges in the pond create a perfect hiding place and shelter for the fish if they want to hide from predators such as birds.
20. Add an Outdoor Shower
If you have spare space and resources, what not build yourself an outdoor shower to curb the summer heat? Imagine taking a cool shower after tending to your garden.
21. Invest in an In-Ground Pool
Alternatively, invest in an in-ground pool for the ultimate tropical backyard decor if you can afford one. Plus, it complements a perfect afternoon for dipping while enjoying a cool drink.
It’s probably the most expensive among all these tropical backyard decorations, but if you have the dough, it’s the type of investment that’ll pay off in priceless ways.
Imagine all the fun and activities you can have with a pool in your yard!
22. Build a Fire Pit
To complement the cozy lighting during the evening, you can build a fire pit. On those cooler evenings, grill up a few sausages and enjoy a quiet night with family and friends.
23. Design an Outdoor Kitchen
Alternatively, go all out and design an outdoor kitchen. You can design one based on your backyard space and budget.
If your space is minimal, you can design a makeshift one with a movable versatile grilling stand that can double as a storage space.
Those warm weekend afternoons will never be the same, with freshly grilled surf n’ turf and a fresh garden salad!
24. Natural Stone Decor
Finish up your tropical backyard designs with stone details to give your space a classy and natural look.
You can use these stones for your pavements, pathways, fish pond, or walls. Additionally, you can arrange the stones in different parts of your garden.
25. Add Some Vintage Signages
Thinking about the last resort you visited in the Bahamas? You can create that same vibe in your backyard with a few fun signage posts on the trees.
Depending on your budget and space, there are plenty of tropical backyard decorations to adorn your home with. The list above covers just some of the many options.