Best Plants for Poolside Landscaping
Some banana trees are ornamentals and others are fruit-bearing. After a few years, the mother of this 'Dwarf Cavendish' produced a cluster of sweet bananas, which took about five months before it ripened and could be cut.
Photo © Lisa Hallett Taylor
If you desire a tropical look for your pool area and live in a mild, frost-free climate, Banana trees (Musa) instantly create the mood you may be looking for. Bananas are fast-growing herbaceous perennials or trees with tropical-looking long, broad leaves. Plant them in a spot safe from winds, because those great-looking leaves can get ripped-up easily if not near a wall, fence, or protected by neighboring plants.