It is hard to beat tropical plants for the richness of color they provide in the summer landscape. These are the types of plants that pack the wow punch when the heat is on. Bougainvillea, Hibiscus, Mandevillea, Plumbago, Stomanthe and Strobilanthus are just a few of our favorites. They enjoy hot weather although many do require consistent moisture during the dry months. Because these plants are tropical they must be protected during the winter from freezing temperatures. We suggest placing them in a greenhouse, a sunny room or in the garage. Be sure to cut way back on watering during this time of lowered light.