Banana trees are a common feature in New Orleans area landscapes. They are primarily grown for the tropical look they bring with their enormous leaves waving in the summer breezes. The huge leaves are easily recognizable.
A couple months ago on a stroll along Magazine Street, I picked up this banana leaf runner at Orient Express (on the corner of Magazine Street & General Taylor). I could not believe how realistic the leaf appeared. I knew immediately that it would look great on the breakfast table. The breakfast room overlooks the courtyard so the green leaf helps to bring the outdoors in.
Also in the middle, I added a small blooming bromeliad plant to the oyster shell planter.
Banana trees are a part of the tropical look of New Orleans and now part of my Southern-inspired breakfast room.
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Banana leaf, y’all!