Fatsia japonica 'Spider's Web' - This new fatsia is primarily grown for its handsome foliage, which looks as though it has been variously been dusted with icing sugar. It makes a wonderful specimen, particularly when planted near white-flowering plants that compliment the leaf variegations. It can also be used to help add light and colour to areas or lightly dappled shade.
Garden of Eden - St. Austell, Cornwall, England The artificial biomes of the Eden Project would be more at home on the exotic terrain of a foreign planet than nestled in the Cornwall countryside. The biomes house plants from around world, with visitors being able to visit the Tropics and the Mediterranean without ever leaving England.
Cut paper imagination habitats? Using only scissors/exacto knives, and adhesives, kids could design and build a habitat that encompasses their "personification" or a (habitatification) of their ongoings of their thoughts/imagination/ideas.
Manihot grahamii / Hardy Tapioca / Graham's Cassava: a native of Eastern South America, from Brazil through to Argentina. I've done a quick web search and this has been successfully grown as far north as North Carolina. (This photo said it was taken in the Pacific NW).
Fatsia japonica - Japanese aralia. Happy in full sun to shade. A tropical-looking, evergreen shrub with gorgeously glossy, deep green palmate leaves. In autumn, creamy white flowers are produced in large panicles, which are often followed by round, black fruit. It makes a superb feature in an exotic-style garden, where the large leaves team well with bamboos and grasses.