Tropical areas of New Zealand , 1.11.2018
Tropical gardens combine lush, colourful, and fragrant plants.
They usually have many different forms and textures of foliage, with splashes of vibrant colour.
They need a year round warm climate, with plenty of humidity and rain, and usually a free draining soil.
Although New Zealand is not normally considered to be a tropical island, there are regions in the north of the North Island, where a tropical style garden will thrive.
These areas are definitely frost free. Even an air frost will kill many tropical plants. Sometimes a hardier species of plant can be used to create a tropical effect.
Tropical gardens become magical and enchanting when stone sculptures and natural water features are included in the landscapes.