If you want a tropical look in your garden almost anywhere, give a cold hardy banana tree plant a try. Banana trees are an excellent fruiting plant for the home garden, make a great landscape backdrop plant and are an attractive foliage plant. Bananas are considered as a tropical and sub-tropical plant, however, they can grow in protected micro-climates in warm temperate and even cool temperate zones.
For best flowering and fruit development, plant in a position that will receive full sun. Ideally, soil should be open, free-draining, rich and reliably moist however bananas will tolerate virtually any sort of soil except sandy or boggy. Whether inside or out, potted bananas need full sun, with six to eight hours of direct sunlight each day. They also need lots of water to keep their large leaves well hydrated. At the same time, don't let the plant sit in standing water in the pot's saucer, as that can cause the roots to rot.