I’ve grown and propagated tropical hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis) and plumeria (Plumeria rubra) for many years. Here in subtropical Texas, where we still may have several freezes over the course of our short winters, these plants are a pain because they have to be sheltered from the cold. But they make up for it through their incredible variety of color and form and, in the case of the plumeria, their delicate perfume.
My collection of tropical flowering plants has probably grown beyond the bounds of some people’s reason, and also includes various vining and night-blooming cacti and other odds and ends. I don’t care. It provides me endless beauty, and endless lovely imagery.