Posted: 16/01/2014 at 08:18
Hardy Tropicals is no more than 5 miles from me but I don't grow too many of these.
Trachycarpus is an exotic looking palm......far superior to the cordylines.
Phormiums.....I know they are not tropical plants....will fit in. Astelias with their silvery appearance are similar. Aeoniums can be grown in pots to be sunk in the soil in summer or standing above ground....they are black/purple as in Schwarzcopf (early in morn so prob misspelt) green and some lovely variegated foliage varieties.
Pseudopanax is exotic looking too and hedychium,,the gingers. Some grasses and sedges can add to an exotic look.
Dieramas are quite dramatic when in flower .....colours from white to almost black......from a grass like base
A couple of well chosen ferns add a different dimension to the planting