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JerryBoneJerryBone Posts: 91

Hi everyone,

I'm looking at renovating my garden, which is currently themed as sub tropical mixed with cottage garden plants.

I really love plants with large foliage and interesting textures, such as gunneras, I was hoping some of you have grown some similar plants yourselves and could give me any suggestions on what would grow well in an south east garden?

Any suggestions are much appreciated! Anything that gives great impact to a garden, can be Perennial, biennial or even annual, shrubs, trees etc.

Thank you,




  • Fatsia is a good foliage plant, likes the shade. Also Aganthus which is herbaceous plant.

  • The pictures here   of the late Will Giles' garden, may be of interest

    and there are lots of suggestions for tropical looking plants here


    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • PalustrisPalustris Posts: 4,252

    I like the big leaves on Elecampane , Inula helenium .

    If you pollard Paulownia tomentosa, every year, the leaves get as big as Elephants ears.

  • B3B3 Posts: 27,018

    Artichoke. large silver leaves. Cut back in autumn and it will sprout again in a few weeks so some foliage even in winter. Lovely blue flowers unless you eat the artichoke first. Some  varieties are more ornamental than others.

    Watch out for ant farms though!


    In London. Keen but lazy.
  • LynLyn Posts: 23,085

    Ricinus, if you're not planning on eating it. Tall Canna. Cardoon.

    Gardening on the wild, windy west side of Dartmoor. 

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    Rheum , like giant red rhubarb and some of the Hostas get huge, eg Empress Wu and Sum and Substance? Jurassic Park too, ( see what I did then? )

  • Thank you everyone for all of the suggestions! They're GREAT! Keep them coming!!

    I really do appreciate it!

    Thank you! image

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,743

    Jerry, check out this website. He's not selling anything so it's not an advert honest.

    Tons of useful info in a very easy to read format which is also very funny in places.

  • Are you in a mild spot. recommend banana - the hardy one grows to 10 feet but likes a position that is sheltered from wind, or it gets raggy. Needs covering in winter if it's in the ground, mine in Devon has no trouble And it gets a new shoot every year, reminiscent of Caribbean But not cottage patch. Tree peony has lovely leaves and huge flowers too, mine needed time to establish though.

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