ALOHA FROM JENNIE: Almost every home in Hawaii, even a tiny condominium or medium sized townhouse, has a patio (lanai) to call its own and a garden to cultivate. Despite the year round wonderful warm weather, Hawaii residents still contend with garden pests such as white fly and snails, voracious birds and bees who snack on tomato/berries and bore holes, and the constant musical chairs shuffling of potted plants to determine the 'right amounts' of sunshine versus shade desired by finicky greenery.
However, when you finally get that special balance and it all works, the results can be a tranquil outdoors area where one loves to sit back and enjoy coffee and the paper, while contemplating the blooms of orchids, roses, poinsettias, the symmetry of aloe vera and cacti succulents, the sweet fragrance of plumeria and ginger, and the shapeliness of stately desert rose or jade trees. Decorative ceramic sculptures, running fountains, and happy birds and geckos (lizards) darting among the cool shade top are signs that you've achieved garden nirvana in Hawaii.
Hope that you enjoy these photos of various Hawaiian gardens during the 2015 spring season.