Our pick of the best fo­liage plants

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Hosta ‘Sum and Sub­stance’ Grow­ing in sun or shade this use­ful hosta has huge yel­low-green leaves, which stand out in a bor­der. H75cm (30in) S1.2m (4ft) Athyrium nipon­icum ‘Ur­sula’s Red’ Two-toned fern with sil­ver and pur­ple prom­i­nent in younger fronds. Moist soil; full or part shade. H40cm (16in) S1.2m (4ft) Phormium ‘Maori Sun­rise’ Arch­ing sword-shaped leaves striped bronze, salmon and gold. May need win­ter pro­tec­tion. Sun or part shade. H90cm (3ft) S1.5m (5ft) Cot­i­nus ‘Grace’ In au­tumn, the oval, pur­ple-lined leaves turn vivid red. Fluffy flower plumes give rise to smoke bush name. Full sun. H6m (20ft) S5m (16ft) Asarum eu­ropaeum Wild ginger with glossy heart-shaped leaves grad­u­ally pro­vides ev­er­green ground­cover in moist, shady spots. H15cm (6in) S30cm (12in) Lysi­machia num­mu­la­ria ‘Au­rea’ Fast-spread­ing golden creep­ing Jenny is a ground­cover plant for moist soil with small, round gold leaves. H8cm (3in) S5m (16ft) Heuchera ‘Ob­sid­ian’ Glossy ma­roon leaves that darken with age. Use­ful for ev­er­green fo­liage and ground cover in sun or part shade. H45cm (18in) S30cm (12in) Melianthus ma­jor Ar­chi­tec­tural plant with ser­rated grey­green sum­mer leaves. Full sun; dry win­ter mulch; cut back near base each spring. H3m (10ft) S2m (6½ft) San­tolina chamae­cy­paris­sus Re­move yel­low cot­ton laven­der flow­ers to keep nat­u­ral mound­ing shape of sil­ver fo­liage. Needs sun. H50cm (20in) S1m (3ft 3in) Musa basjoo Enor­mous pad­dle-like leaves up to 3m (10ft) long. Needs rich soil, a sunny spot with mid­day shade and win­ter pro­tec­tion. H5m (16ft) S4m (13ft)

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