Do you know what makes a garden so impressive and beautiful in my opinion? Yes, good, "foliage" is  a good answer -- but can you be more specific?

Big foliage! Yes, there's nothing that really stands out in a garden more than large leaves.


They're visible from far across the yard, and break up the textural palette. They provide so much impact too!

Here's a quick look at mine.

Sorry it's thin on details, but the plants depicted are various elephant ears (Colocasia, Alocasia), castor bean, bamboo (Indocalamus tessellatus), bananas, Ensete (in banana family), Petasites japonicus, and Senna alata.

Can you figure out which is which?


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Gerhard Bock (Succulents and More)  – (June 28, 2012 at 11:15 AM)  

Wowza! My bananas and elephant ears are slow to take off this year. Maybe I should water them more...

danger garden  – (June 29, 2012 at 10:22 AM)  

I'm with Gerhard on this big leaf plants are very slow. It's not the water up here (we've got plenty of that falling from the sky) but lack of heat and sunshine. Hopefully there will be a growth explosion in July.

Your leaf collection is a stunner!

Christine  – (June 29, 2012 at 7:08 PM)  

I'm looking forward to my new Alocasias getting really B I G this next season! Love your photos but can't guess which is which :)

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