Lush Tropical Pacific NW Garden/Yard
We are putting in a in ground swimming pool and I'm now planning the landscaping. Our yard already has a tropical theme and my hope is to create a lush tropical oasis. We have a large budget.
We need to build a privacy screen between the neighbors, but it can't be too high or will block my western sun. We will be using "Little Gem Magnolias" but I need another non-deciduois tree that won't get higher than 25' to go among them. Our landscape designer suggested Leyland Cypress - but I read they can get 60-70'. Is that true? Do you have any suggestions?
Our plant list so far includes:
Little Gem Magnolias
Hardy Palms various kinds
New Zealnad Flax
Would love any suggestions for additional tropical looking zone 8 plants and flowers.