I took this picture in Miami at the Fairchild Tropical Garden. I love this idea and am trying to recreate it here is San Diego becase if we have something here in abundance is sun. I would like to receive recommendations for 4 - 5 sun loving broms, please!
The pic is not very good but If you recognize any of the plants on it, let me know.
The red ones look like Neoregelia 'Fireball' or one of their cultivars, and the stripey ones look like Aechmea orlandiana, or cultivars like 'Bert' http://www.bromeliads.co.nz/sunny.html
This is a NZ site, but has a list of sun hardy Broms, so have a browse. It might help.
About 18 months ago I paid a handsome sum for this small bromeliad and was told it was a sun lover. I put it in the sun last year and it did well, even putting out a pup. Can any of you hazzard a guess as to its name?
Hawk's plant looks a lot like Neoregelia cruenta 'Sun King' - it's a big Neo and looks great in nearly full sun as long as it gets enough humidity. I'll also second the Aechmea blanchetiana as a sun lover.
All alcantarea do well in full sun in CA and FL. plus you get years and years out of them.
Also, Dyckia seem to be popular out there because they are so xerophytic. If you need a mail-order supplier for some, let me know!