There are actually many types of rainforest but sub-tropical rainforest is the most common in our area. Many species have large leaves, palms are frequent, and species from the shrub layer are often popular garden plants. Ferns grow on the ground and on tree trunks. Rainforest plants need plenty of moisture, plus leaf litter and mulch to retain the moisture.
Their lush foliage and the cool, green feeling they create in the garden is the main attraction, but many also have pretty flowers and colourful fruit, enjoyed especially by our pigeons and doves. Native cordylines and gingers, flame trees and the many species of lilly pilly are all part of the rainforest flora. Palms and tree ferns add to the appearance of any rainforest garden. Some shrubs are sweetly perfumed and it is worth trying some native orchids either at ground level or on the trees with the ferns.
Pavetta, Pavetta australiensis
Cordyline, Cordyline petiolaris
Pink Euodia, Melicope elleryana