Many starts have been removed by enthusiastic local gardeners, hence the peculiar shape.
I have to say I was surprised they mostly survived. The dirt around the house looks and feels like hard, heavy clay. And the run-off from the cement mixing (by hand) during the construction of the house, didn't help much either. If you want holes for plants around this house, you have to hire a strong worker using a pry bar to dig the holes for 20 pesos a hole.
And a Ginger plant (Zingiberaceae family with about six blossoms starting to open right now.
The other non-tropical here is an (?)azeala (spelling?) I think. Actually, I don't think it is an axaela. Any suggestions for a name? Also thriving. In the shade.