We were influenced by the many lush tropical gardens in our coastal neighbourhood and overseas, too," she says. "Tropical plants are also amazingly hardy. It also helps that Bilgola is full of red volcanic soil so everything grows really well!"

Wendy's Balinese-Inspired Garden

Influenced by the many lush tropical gardens in the coastal neighbourhood and overseas. Tropical plants are also amazingly hardy. It also helps that Bilgola is full of red volcanic soil so everything grows really well!

Here at the jungalow, the use of plants to liven up a space is paramount–but that doesn’t always mean that the plants have to be rooted in soil to have an amazing, freshening effect. Try using a large leaf in a glass vase to elicit the same result. It’s also a great trick to use while …

Statement Leaves

Good use of the red "Ti Plants" as foliage color to contrast with the predominate green colors in this planting.

Just love the sandstone with the tropical planting. Have started this in my front yard.

Hardy Tropicals You Can Grow! • Check out these tips! • We found these hardy tropicals you can grow, just about anywhere! Some of them are pretty hardy in all but the coldest climates and some of them need some winter protection.

Hardy Tropicals You Can Grow

Hardy Tropicals You Can Grow! Check out these tips! We found these hardy tropicals you can grow just about anywhere! Some of them are pretty hardy in all but the coldest climates and some of them need some winter protection.

tropical border....See several items that love our Louisiana summers and survive practically all winters in the ground

CREATE A STUNNING ORNAMENTAL TREE FROM A SHRUB

GREEN AND LUSH tropical border.See several items that love our Louisiana summers and survive practically all winters in the ground

A traveller’s palm provides vertical drama in this tight space, bookended by the octopus-like forms of Myers asparagus ferns. Greg transformed the bare [Colorbond](http://www.colorbond.com/|target="_blank")  fence on a tight budget by creating a decorative framework panel from simple garden stakes. Bamboo screening panels were framed with lengths of recycled timber. Photo: Scott Hawkins

Greg and Nicki’s Lush Tropical Courtyard

A traveller’s palm provides vertical drama in this tight space, bookended by the octopus-like forms of Myers asparagus ferns.

Accentuate the Positive ... DO NOT be afraid to be bold! .. This medley includes the bananas Musa ‘Siam Ruby’ and Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii,’ Brugmansia ‘Charles Grimaldi,’ and Echium candicans ‘Select Blue.’ The orange-leaf plant is Solenostemon scutellarioides, and the bromeliad in front of the ensete is Vriesea ospinae var. gruberi.

The beg banana leaf .great Creative use of tropicals at Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, Pennsylvania.Love the big-leaved tropical red banana and the colors.

Tropical garden with walkway... If only I lived somewhere where the climate could support this foliage!!                                                                                                                                                      More

Lush tropical planting and informal path. Pinned to Garden Design by Darin Bradbury. Walkway would also look great in non-tropical woods. I like having space for lanterns.

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