Influenced by the many lush tropical gardens in the coastal neighbourhood and overseas. Tropical plants are also amazingly hardy. It also helps that Bilgola is full of red volcanic soil so everything grows really well!
Niagara Falls has enormous 16 inch long leaves with a waxy sheen and pie crusted edges. Deeply impressed veins give the plants as corrugated look which provide a great textural element to the hosta garden. Niagara Falls goes well with gold colored hostas.
Astilboides tabularis. It is the perfect plant for a shady area and does best in heavy, wet soil. It's also a good choice as a marginal plant next to a large pond. Astilboides does flower, sending up creamy white, Astilbe-like plumes in July, but the leaves are the plant's main attraction. It can take several years for a good-sized clump to form, but allow plenty of room for growth when planting, as a single plant can grow to 120cm (4ft) wide.