In the warmer months this tough hosta has huge, corrugated yellow-green leaves, and in July spikes of pale lilac flowers that appear. This plaintain lily makes a bold statement in a large container in a shady courtyard. In a border, it looks stunning close to an entrance or path, or among other plants with distinctive foliage, such as ferns. Although it will cope with some sun, the soil must be kept moist. The leaves are best shaded from the midday sun and sheltered from cold, drying winds. Once established, its layers of leaves will suppress weeds, too.