Tropical plants: theyre not just for hot climates anymore. In her practical, user-friendly book Gardeners Guide to Tropical Plants: Cool Ways to Add Hot Colors, Bold Foliage, and Striking Textures, author Nellie Neal explains the where, why, and how of growing tropical plants in all kinds of landscapes, along with photo-packed guides to over 150 tropical plants.

This style is particularly suited to Auckland’s climate. The landscape garden designer draws on a range of plant materials reflecting Pacific influences: lush, luxuriant and foliage with splashes of vibrant colour in bushes such as bougainvillea and hibiscus or other exotic plants and shrubs. When combined with palms and cycads, this style