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Spotted Laurel

10. April 2008

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Spotted Laurel

Latin name: Aucuba Description: Much used by the Victorians for its toughness and the fact that it looks somewhat like the more tropical Croton (Codiaeum). This is a tough, hardy, evergreen shrub with stout woody stems. ‘Crotonifolia’ has glossy dark green leaves that are heavily mottled and spattered with creamy yellow, giving it a very […]

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Silver Spear

10. April 2008

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Silver Spear

Latin name: Astelia chathamica Description: Often mistaken for a Phormium, this silver speared beauty is a must for its architectural shape and form. It is an evergreen (ever-silver) clump-forming perennial with graceful, arching, deeply furrowed leaves with a striking silver sheen. ‘Silver Spear’ is even more silvery. The flowers are insignificant, but the foliage really […]

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Spanish Reed

10. April 2008

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Spanish Reed

Latin name: Arundo donax Description: This is an enormous grass somewhat redolent of the more tropical sugar cane and the most dramatic grass you can grow in our temperate climate. It is a perennial, clump-forming plant with canes up to 3cm thick and 4m tall. The blue-green leaves are long and narrow up to 60cm […]

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Monkey Puzzle

10. April 2008

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Monkey Puzzle

Latin name: Araucaria araucana Y Description: This very prehistoric looking tree hails from the volcanic slopes of the Andes in southern Chile through to Argentina. It should really only be grown in larger gardens and well away from a house, never-the-less, they are very architectural plants indeed and look good from an early age. It […]

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Century Plant

10. April 2008

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Century Plant

Latin name: Agave Americana Description: Only in resent years has it been considered possible to grow spiky desert plants in our temperate gardens, but now with warmer winters very much in mind, many garden centres are now stocking some of these fabulously spiky plants. Agave americana is one of the most dramatically architectural plants available […]

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