This gorgeous and vibrantly coloured plant is great for both ground cover or as a climber. They are a great option as they are beautiful and hardy, meaning they don’t require much maintenance. However, to get the best flowers make sure to place your bougainvillea in a warm, sunny spot and only prune lightly at the end of the flowering season.


These blue or white long stemmed lilies can be commonly found around South East Queensland. They are a great option for hedging – whether it be a pool, fence or driveway, they will be sure to make a statement. Keep in mind that agapanthus need full blown sun to thrive, so if you use them in a shady area you may run the risk of them not flowering. Make sure to water them regularly for the best results.

Bird of Paradise

This exotic looking flower resembling a tropical bird is a great addition to any subtropical garden. They will flower best when grown in rich soil, in direct sunlight and moisture. While it needs a lot of water, the key to keeping a healthy bird of paradise is to have sufficient drainage for it. This will ensure it is not left to sit in soggy soil which will eventually cause it to die.

Frangipani Tree

This delightful & aromatic tropical tree is a staple in many gardens around Australia. Not only are the flowers beautiful, but they are also deliciously fragrant so position your tree in a spot where you’ll be able to enjoy the visual and aromatic benefits. Frangipanis usually grow between 6-9m tall and 5m wide providing great shade in the summer months. They are hearty and used to a desert like terrain so never saturate the soil when watering. Keep them healthy by watering them in summer but allow them to dry out in the winter.

Ornamental Gingers

If you’re looking for something to provide a lush look in your garden, then ornamental ginger is the perfect option. Coming in a variety of different shapes, sizes and colours you’re sure to find a fit no matter what style garden you have. Unlike many other sub-tropical plants, ornamental gingers love both shade and sunlight.