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An advantage of plants with large leaves is that they help establish a sense of maturity in new gardens, quickly and economically filling bare spots. Since fewer plants are needed, they also simplify the design. In shady or woodland gardens, where bulbs and wildflowers disappear shortly after flowering, try planting hostas, ligularia, bergernia and ferns which will fill in the spaces attractively.
In small gardens a measure of restraint should be used to avoid a “cluttered” look, but other than that, plants with mega size leaves can be used in most settings. They lend substance, serving as focal points and helping to achieve an integrated garden composition. If you live in a semi-tropical climate, they can provide much needed shade but they can also soften spaces enclosed by garden walls and fences while creating an illusion of grandeur.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|