There are a large amount of plants available to plant. Usually something a Phoenix Roebelenii, Musa Banana, or Sago Palm is a great start for a tropical look. If you’re looking for color then a Cordyline is always a great choice to have some deep colors.
The great news is your local Home Depot will carry what will grow in your area. This takes the guess work out of “what will and what will not grow”. How easy is that?
If you post some photos we can put our heads together and come up with some ideas for you.