Looking to create a tropical paradise in your own backyard? Choose leafy plants in striking shades of green through to purple. Creepers will fill in the blank spaces at ground level, while oversized leaves add interest higher up. Here are four excellent plant picks:

#1 Dwarf cardamom (Alpinia nutans) – pictured above

Tip: Its compact growth makes it ideal for planting as a boarder. The leaves have a spicy scent when rubbed.

#2 Kidney weed (Dichondra repens)

Tip: This creeper will carpet the ground in bright green leaves and works well between pavers.

#3 Moses In The Cradle (Rhoeo spathacea)

Tip: This plant will bloom year-round and is easy to grow – perfect for non-gardeners.

#4 Black leaf elephant ear (Colocasia esculenta ‘Black Magic’)

Tip: Named after it’s elephant ear-shaped leaves, this plant loves wet and warm conditions.

Take a tour of this tropical backyard here: