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!
Strelitzia nicolai - Giant Bird of Paradise. I like to hack the heck out of it every once in a while to keep it from becoming too woody and bushy. Needs a partially shaded spot to keep it's elegance and GREEN.