Even in a cool climate, the beautiful big-leaved plants showcased in this gardener’s guide can transform a backyard into a tropical paradise. Through exquisite and detailed color photos and in-depth information, you’ll see how to choose these plants and successfully care for and cultivate them. An extensive A-to-Z directory provides a unique photographic record of large-leaved varieties and a quick reference to their optimum growing conditions—a valuable aid to formulating planting schemes and designing a garden. Each entry includes images, the family and common name, country of origin, growth requirements, and climate zone. Bananas, bulbs, and tubers, climbers, ferns and tree ferns, grasses, bamboos, palms, perennials, ground cover, trees, shrubs, water plants, and marginals are among the lush and lovely plants covered.