I'm trying to get my backyard to look like this...living in the Pacific Northwest it's not easy to do.....but.....it can be done!

I'm trying to get my backyard to look like this...living in the Pacific Northwest it's not easy to do.....but.....it can be done!

You don't need to live near the equator to enjoy the beauty of tropical plants. As long as the temperatures are hot and humid, tropical plants will reward you with colorful foliage and flowers all summer long. This grouping includes Alocasia, coleus, impatiens, African mask plant, elephant's ear, and Cuphea.

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You don't need to live near the equator to enjoy the beauty of tropical plants. As long as the temperatures are hot and humid, tropical plants will reward you with colorful foliage and flowers all summer long. This grouping includes Alocasia, coleus, impatiens, African mask plant, elephant's ear, and Cuphea.

Bromeliad;A bromeliad is a tropical plant in the pineapple family (the family Bromeliaceae). Some bromeliads are brightly-colored epiphytes, which live on the branches and trunks of rainforest trees. They have a remarkable way of getting water and food. Their long, curved leaves overlap at the base, forming a tight little bowl -- a perfect water tank! The leaves act as gutters to collect rain, and the tank holds the water.

Bromeliad;A bromeliad is a tropical plant in the pineapple family (the family Bromeliaceae). Some bromeliads are brightly-colored epiphytes, which live on the branches and trunks of rainforest trees. They have a remarkable way of getting water and food. Their long, curved leaves overlap at the base, forming a tight little bowl -- a perfect water tank! The leaves act as gutters to collect rain, and the tank holds the water.

Red ginger and bromeliads in garden  Garden designed by Robert "Bobby" Gopiao in Manila. Mr. Gopiao is a world-famous bonsai master and garden designer.

Red ginger and bromeliads in garden Garden designed by Robert "Bobby" Gopiao in Manila. Mr. Gopiao is a world-famous bonsai master and garden designer.

I love elephant ears and had these in my garden too, partly because a printing company I used to work with had enormous ones so large you could wrap a baby in one of their biggest leaves.

I love elephant ears and had these in my garden too, partly because a printing company I used to work with had enormous ones so large you could wrap a baby in one of their biggest leaves.

This looks like it belongs in a magical fairy forest… So pretty! ~Charlotte (PixieWinksAndFairyWhispers)

This looks like it belongs in a magical fairy forest… So pretty! ~Charlotte (PixieWinksAndFairyWhispers)

Strelitzia niclolai, the Natal Wild Banana, graces a container in The Entry Garden. Photo by Lisa Roper

Strelitzia niclolai, the Natal Wild Banana, graces a container in The Entry Garden. Photo by Lisa Roper

10 plants you can't kill  image 2. Canna Tropicana   The hot, bright colours of Cannas lend themselves well to bold, tropical plantings. Even when not in flower, their foliage lights up the garden bed. Canna indica is a weed in some areas, so don’t plant it.

10 plants you can't kill

10 plants you can't kill image 2. Canna Tropicana The hot, bright colours of Cannas lend themselves well to bold, tropical plantings. Even when not in flower, their foliage lights up the garden bed. Canna indica is a weed in some areas, so don’t plant it.

Last weekend, feeling the need for some more tropical inspiration I drove up to Sunnybank in Queensland to visit Dennis Hundscheidt’s open garden. Heavy rain and flash flooding had been forecast fo...

More tropical inspiration …

Last weekend, feeling the need for some more tropical inspiration I drove up to Sunnybank in Queensland to visit Dennis Hundscheidt’s open garden. Heavy rain and flash flooding had been forecast fo...

The Redfern courtyard garden of Ian McMaugh. A curtain of mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis spp.) creates a sense of definition between the two zones in the courtyard garden. Photo - Daniel Shipp. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files and Georgina Reid/The Planthunter.

The Redfern courtyard garden of Ian McMaugh. A curtain of mistletoe cactus (Rhipsalis spp.) creates a sense of definition between the two zones in the courtyard garden. Photo - Daniel Shipp. Production – Lucy Feagins/The Design Files and Georgina Reid/The Planthunter.

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Hakea lissocarpha is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Honeybush. Hakea lissocarpha is a native of Western Australia and is found in the south-west corner of the state

Hakea lissocarpha is a member of the Proteaceae family and is known as the Honeybush. Hakea lissocarpha is a native of Western Australia and is found in the south-west corner of the state

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