There are many plants suitable for creating your jungle garden. anything with a big leaf, bright colours, palm like or just interesting. Selecting just 10 is very hard but here are 10 to include.
The chusan palm, sometimes incorrectly called chamaerops excelsa is a very hardy palm suitable for the uk climate. Reported to be hardy to below -20C once mature, and a real must have plant.
2. Dicksonia antartica
Well known tree fern and easily available – even B&Q sells this. Hardy to about -10C but should be given protection and sited in a sheltered spot for the best performance. Needs lots of water.
3. Phormium tenax
Large plant with strap like leaves, easily hardy to about -10C although will be damaged at that temperature. From New Zealand and very arcitechtural.
There are so many available it would be impossible to pick just one. A selection of different shapes heights and colours should be included. Avoid the running types, although most will run to some extent.
The giant rhubarb, and it really is giant, needs a damp position for best results, and if given the best conditions will easily allow a person to walk underneath the giant leaves.
6. Schefflera taiwaniana
Very graceful and once established quite hardy, easily taking below -10C. Related to the common houseplant, schefflera arboricola sold in garden centres, but much more attractive. These can be expensive, with only a few suppliers such as Crug Farm in North Wales (who do mail order thankfully).
7. Chamaerops humilis
Another palm, not related to Trachycarpus despite the mis-naming of many nursery owners. Smaller than the Trachycarpus, and not as hardy. -10C will do damage to smaller plants, or even kill them. Larger plants will be hardy to -10C.
8. Paulownia tomentosa
The foxglove tree, large leaves which can get even larger if you pollard it. Veyr hardy and faily fast growing, can be grown from seed to a large size in less than 5 years.
9. Cordyline australis
Fast growing palm like plant from New Zealand, Often called a cabbage palm, although its not related to either. Reasonably hardy to about -7C, and the root stock can survive lower. A well established plant may survive (with damage) temperatures to about -10C
10. Fatsia Japonica
Large hand shaped leaves, evergreen and very hardy, These fast gorwing shrubs come from Japan and are easily hardy to -12C possibly lower, so an ideal plant for the UK.