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.
Tropical flowers transform your patio into a colorful outdoor living room with pots of flowering tropical plants: http://www.bhg.com/gardening/flowers/annuals/best-tropical-flowers/?socsrc=bhgpin051414tropicalflowers