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

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

A nice picture of a cool tropical garden featuring tender exotic foliage plants. The large leaved plants in the foreground are Xanthosoma (coco yam or elephant ears) These are grown annually from grocery bought tubers.

Bromeliad flower ~ exquisite

Queen's Tears - the color is unbelievable! It is a bromeliad, billbergia nutans known as a friendship plant (give its babies away). From Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay & Argentina. Makes a great house plant.

Totara Waters, NZ

Lotus Bowl at Totara Waters Sub-Tropical Garden - Garden Stay Accommodation - New Zealand - My Gardening Today

La Mortella, Isola D'Ischia, Italy

In what was not too long ago a dry ex-stone quarry, Lady Walton, an Argentinian, created the lush feeling of a tropical jungle.

This style is particularly suited to Auckland’s climate. The landscape garden designer draws on a range of plant materials reflecting Pacific influences: lush, luxuriant and foliage with splashes of vibrant colour in bushes such as bougainvillea and hibiscus or other exotic plants and shrubs. When combined with palms and cycads, this style

Sub-tropical garden - Landscape design, garden care services and gardening maintenance with Auckland landscaping company Second Nature Landscapers New Zealand.

Every year I try to visit Kevin Kilsby’s subtropical garden in Auckland, New Zealand. This time the pink bromeliads were in full flower. Details are here: www.kilsby.co.nz/mygarden.htm Photo by Colour Happy / Adele

Every year I try to visit Kevin Kilsby’s subtropical garden in Auckland, New Zealand. This time the pink bromeliads were in full flower. Details are here: www.kilsby.co.nz/mygarden.htm Photo by Colour Happy / Adele

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