Yes, it looks in the first picture like you are trying to keep your plants from running away! Isn't it true that we always want what we can't have? I would love to be able to grow Mountain Laurel here. My neighbor has these in the corner of his yard, and after trying to keep them out of my yard I gave up and they took over my corner also. After a few years of dealing with these tall, rather ugly plants that would keep falling over (and never had Bananas, by the way), I finally chopped them all down and put poison on the roots to claim my yard back. Now whenever I see a stray plant trying to come over I immediately chop it down.
Huh, I have such a time dragging mine in & out so they won't be killed by cold weather that it never occurred to me that bananas could be invasive! If they do that well for you, you might try putting in a good tasting variety like 'Apple Banana'... maybe in a big pot so it won't run away, LOL.
Excellent article! I have about 18 varieties of bananas that I grow but have to move inside for fall...either in pots or bare root. In my (barely) zone 7a garden, I leave my Musa basjoo in the ground year round. It has grown from 1 plant to 19 pups in the clump last fall, with an overall height of over 12 feet. The first few years I mulched with straw of `1-2 feet thickness after cutting the pseudostem to around 2 feet. This past winter I didn't cut or mulch, but intentionally left it to it's own devices. We'll see how it does after the pups start to appear.
I winter over my Ensete glauca bare root in the basement leaning against a wall. It was so large last year that I had to use a dolly to get it inside. I planted it out again this spring, and about 6 days ago noted a flag leaf. Sure enough, I now have a flower growing from my glauca. Hope there's enough time before the fall cold weather to allow it to progress to its conclusion. I am so up for this!! Of course, it also means my glauca will have to be replaced. But I guess such is the price of success.