You'll feel like Alice in Wonderland next to this Joey palm (Johannesteijsmannia altifrons), whose huge, beautiful leaves appear to spring right from the ground. (The trunk is subterranean.) Stems can reach up to 10 feet long. Spotted at Singapore Botanic
Banana plants prefer a light, well-draining soil. To aid in drainage quality add raised areas above heavier soil to allow thin roots of banana tree to spread. Choose warmest location on property for they need full sun; twelve hours a day is optimal.