As promised, here are some oversized leafy plants I’ve been seeing in and around various local gardens. I don’t have information on all the cultivars; sometimes the gardeners don’t know what they have—and they’re often the most successful ones.
In addition to the various hosta (a thriving example of S&S above), darmara, and podophyllum, we have a lot of gardeners experimenting with exotics, making such plants as musa and colocasia staples in the summer garden.
But the most interesting (and largest) plant I’ve seen lately is this agave, which is not perennial here, but has grown in the cactus house in the Botanical Gardens for some years. It is set to bloom this summer (probably at the end of July), lacking just a few more feet of growth before it bursts forth with whatever. We’re all very interested to see what happens. The stalk starting rising through a glasshouse window in April and had to survive some very bitter temps that month.