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Fatsia japonica - Japanese aralia. Happy in full sun to shade. A tropical-looking, evergreen shrub with gorgeously glossy, deep green palmate leaves. In autumn, creamy white flowers are produced in large panicles, which are often followed by round, black fruit. It makes a superb feature in an exotic-style garden, where the large leaves team well with bamboos and grasses.

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New Zealand plants for UK gardens - in pictures

Credit: Holmes Garden Photos/Alamy Silver spear (Astelia chathamica - also sold as Astelia chathamica ‘Silver Spear’). The leaves have a silvery sheen to them so it’s surprising to find that they like partial shade and not the full sun that you might expect. It makes bold, handsome clumps that look like a small phormium. Silver spear (1m) isn’t reliably hardy, but it will get through most winters with some protection. Buy at

Botanical Name: Amelanchier alnifolia am-el-AN-keer all-nih-FOE-lee-ah Common Name: Alder-leaved serviceberry, Saskatoon Genus: Amelanchier Height 6 ft. to 10 ft. Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Part Shade Only Moisture Dry to Medium Maintenance Low Characteristics Attracts Birds; Interesting Bark; Native; Showy Fall Foliage Bloom Time Spring Style Herb Garden, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Summer Interest, Fall Interest Type Shrubs

Sedum rupestre ‘Angelina’ A terrific low evergreen groundcover for sunny areas with poor dry soil. This forms a trailing mat of succulent golden-yellow leaves. Clusters of yellow starry flowers appear during the summer. Best with occasional to no foot traffic. Drought tolerant.

Botanical Name:Mahonia bealeiCommon Name: Leatherleaf mahonia, Beale's barberry Height 3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft. Spread 3 ft. to 6 ft.;6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Pace Invasive/Aggressive Grower;Moderate Grower Light Part Shade Only Tolerance Deer Tolerant;Drought Tolerant Characteristics Attracts Birds; Fragrant Flowers; Showy Fruit Bloom Time Early Spring; Spring Foliage Color Evergreen Flower Color Yellow Flower Uses Beds and Borders, Container, Foundation

Botanical Name: Hydrangea paniculata 'Limelight'hy-DRAIN-jah pah-nik-yew-LAY-tah Common Name: 'Limelight' panicle hydrangea Genus: Hydrangea Height 6 ft. to 10 ft. Spread 6 ft. to 10 ft. Growth Pace Fast Grower Light Full Sun Only;Full Sun to Part Shade;Part Shade Only Moisture Adaptable;Dry to Medium;Medium Moisture Maintenance Moderate Characteristics Showy Flowers Bloom Time Early Fall; Fall; Late Summer; Summer Flower Color Green Flower; Pink Flower


Types of Tropical Plants

Angel's trumpet* Huge pendulous flowers on stalks up to 15 feet tall give any garden a tropical look. Available in a range of pastel colors. Plant in full sun in moist, rich, well-drained soil. USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11 I have these, they are so beautiful.

Few vines rival jasmine for beauty and fragrance. This easy-to-grow climber produces beautiful clusters of starry flowers you can smell from feet away. Most jasmines bloom in late winter or early spring, but some such as Arabian jasmine will flower throughout the year. Most jasmines do best in full sun or part shade and moist, well-drained soil rich in organic matter. Gardeners sometimes grow jasmine as a houseplant in areas where the vines aren't hardy…