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CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM The Living Wall, a mosaic made up of plants at the Whole Foods in Kailua, offers an idea of what people can do in their own home backyards.
COURTESY PETER DEMELLO Tillandsia come in a wide range of colors -- from greens to reds, yellows, violets and pinks. The plants are low-maintenance with fragrant flowers, making them ideal for beginners.
COURTESY PHOTO Synthetic lawns are used as backyard putting greens and are installed at playgrounds. SynLawn's products (which range from $2.50 to $5.89 per square foot, not including installation costs) are made with materials ranging from nylon to polypropylene.