The modern fashion for tropical and foliage gardens is fine if you live in a frost-free climate, but it can be a challenge if you're gardening in a cooler area. The answer is to grow a cordyline, because there's a variety to suit almost every climate.
Cordylines are palm-like plants that will bestow a tropical ambience to just about any garden. Of course there are many tropical cordylines, with the most popular having red, pink or maroon leaves, but their need for warmth means tropical cordylines are largely restricted to warm areas or indoors. Fortunately, nowadays it's easy to find coloured-leaf forms of cold-hardy cordyline species.