Tropical Gardening: Warm summer days bring rampant growing shrubs and turf

East meets West at Lili‘uokalani Gardens in Hilo. The use of stone, water and spacious plantings of turf make for a pleasant ambiance. (Voltaire Moise/courtesy photo)

Whether you have a home with a large yard or an apartment with a small lanai, plants create a more luxurious mood. Attractive trees, shrubs and lawns actually increase the value of a home.