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! - Jolene's Gardening

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!

Bananas grow in large clumps like enormous broad-leaf grasses and have an absolutely Jurassic feel about them. They thrive in moist, highly fertile soil and need full sun to produce fruit. Fruiting varieties of banana need frost-free temperatures year-round for their crop to ripen, however. Modern Landscape by Lilyvilla Gardens

Bananas grow in large clumps like enormous broad-leaf grasses and have an absolutely Jurassic feel about them. They thrive in moist, highly fertile soil and need full sun to produce fruit.

Exotic Rainforest entrance, Siloam Springs, AR 72761, Photo Copyright 2006, Steve Lucas

Exotic Rainforest entrance, Siloam Springs, AR Photo Copyright Steve Lucas - My Gardening Today

Courtyard garden in Brighton, Sussex, with evergreen tropical planting including palms, bamboo, tree ferns and groundcover

Courtyard garden in Brighton, Sussex, with evergreen tropical planting including palms, bamboo, tree ferns and ground cover Roger - I liked these as they are not typical UK plants and would add interest

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