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.
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.
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.