Add a touch of the tropics to your home or garden with exotic plants. Easier to grow than you may think, they're great conversation starters, too. Many exotic plants are tender, meaning they don't handle the cold weather. Many gardeners grow exotic plants, like the banana tree, in containers and set them outside on a patio during the warm months and then bring them indoors when the weather cools in the fall. Some exotic plants, like Elephant Ears, are grown in containers or the garden. If grown in the ground, they're dug up in the fall and brought indoors. When choosing exotic plants to buy online, take into account their growing requirements as well as their height and spread.