Bird of paradise is, without a doubt, a showstopper specimen plant. Its grey-green foliage is similar to that of a banana plant, and its spectacular flower resembles tropical birds. Blossoms appear in spring and fall and are more profuse in cooler weather. It is also quite drought tolerant, and will thrive in most soils. Long-lasting flowers reside on the plant for at least a week. Plant Bird of Paradise in a shady spot: a protected location in the ground or in a brightly colored pot for a dramatic showpiece. Bird of Paradise benefits significantly from frequent and heavy feedings during the growing season. Water regularly – weekly or more often in extreme heat.