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Tropical Leaves

The paw paw (Asmina triloba) is the largest fruit indigenous to the eastern United States. It grows as an understory tree, with large tropical-seeming leaves, and produces fruit that some say taste like a combination between a mango and a banana.

I have tons of shade in my backyard, hence tons of hostas. Love all the things this post suggests using them for. Coasters, vase liners, etc.

Cannas give container gardens vertical interest with their bright flowers & dramatic large leaves. This tropical garden classic will create eye catching drama. Grow in full sun & moist soil

Creative use of tropicals at Chanticleer Garden, Wayne, Pennsylvania....Love the big-leaved tropical red banana and the colors...

Purple Gladiolus Any of numerous plants of the genus Gladiolus native chiefly to tropical and South Africa having sword-shaped leaves and one-sided spikes of brightly coloured funnel-shaped flowers; widely cultivated

Rescuing a 100-Year-Old Garden: The stream was routed to lead to a fish pond and lined the path with ferns and plants with tropical foliage to enhance the property's natural feeling of being in a jungle

Princess flower (Tibouchina urvilleana) is a glorious addition to tropical and sub-tropical gardens. Its large purple flowers and soft hairy leaves add interest and a burst of color to any landscape. It can also can be used as an indoor container plant in cooler regions, if full light and warmth is provided. Though it is usually a shrub here, it sometimes becomes large enough to form a small ornamental tree.

Giant leaves of ‘Black Magic’ elephant ear (Colocasia esculenta) are not only colorful, but their tropical-looking foliage combines well with the patriotic colors of ‘Pacifica Red’ periwinkle, white caladiums and ‘Blue Daze’ evolvulus.

The Rocket Ligularia - Looks like an exotic, but is easy to grow! This could easily be mistaken for a tropical plant— but it's really an easy-to-grow perennial. Plants reach 3-5 ft. tall with big, leathery leaves that are rich green on top with ebony to purple underneath. Bright yellow blooms form dense racemes 18-24 in. long in midsummer. Prefers partial to full shade. Zones 4-8.

The Pineapple Lily | Eucomis .... is a plant that deserves a place in any garden. They're actually a bulb that comes from East Africa where they get summer rains, so you do need to water them a bit over the summer months, but they die down to nothing in winter and then these beautiful, broad leaves emerge from the ground in spring and then they flower in late summer going into autumn. Gorgeous.

A very tropical looking hosta-looking thing.. Love it. Most beautiful leaves I've seen! Want them in my future fantasy garden. Lots of them. From the mouth of various commentors : it is NOT a hosta! "It's actually a tropical prayer plant- calathea orbigolia- found in the jungles of places like Bolvia" (quote: Michael N Jean Teague) - Thank you guys :)

Dutchmans pipe - An adaptable vine, Dutchmans pipe seems to thrive just about everywhere -- from sun to shade. It creates a rich curtain of big (to 10 inches wide), heart-shape leaves that usually hide the fragrant summertime flowers. The vine is native to areas of North America and it is a host plant for the pipevine swallowtail butterfly. Its rarely bothered by pests, making it an ideal choice for creating privacy.

Gladiolus 'Catharina'. I had mine in pots this year. In early to mid summer they have tall green spikey leaves, which add height interest at the centre of a potted arrangement. In the late summer and fall, they produce lush, tropical-iike blossoms.

Take Advantage of Texture Big, bold tropical plants create a lush feel. Their large leaves can change the scale of a small space to help it feel larger. (Plus, many tropical plants are super cool!)

Dwarf Banana Tropical Flair for Your Home Imagine plucking tasty 4-in. bananas from your very own tree! 2- to 5-ft. plant adorned with large, glossy green leaves will produce fruit within 3-5 years. Potted

Horsetail Reed Deep green, jointed stems have an interesting Tropical look. The rush-like slender stems appear without leaves or flowers. Best used in containers, troughs or in contained ponds. Evergreen in warm climates. we have it

Small Tropical Arrangement I really like all the cool braiding techniques they did with the leaves!

A tropical mix of Orange Birds of Paradise, Orange Pin Cushions, Red Anthurium complimented with Green Tropical Leaves in a tall black ceramic vase