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Common Tree Fern, Soft Tree Fern, Woolly Tree Fern

10. April 2008

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Common Tree Fern, Soft Tree Fern, Woolly Tree Fern

Latin name: Dicksonia antarctica Description: The most famous tree fern in Northern Hemisphere cultivation and a truly majestic and architectural plant to boot! The dense, fibrous, dark brown trunk is covered in overlapping frond stalk bases, giving it a rough texture. From the top issue huge mid-green fronds from 1-3m long depending on location. In […]

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Cotton / Scotch Thistle

10. April 2008

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Cotton / Scotch Thistle

Latin name: Onopodum acanthium Description: The statuesque proportions of this plant are a sight to behold. The stems of this native Scotch thistle are clothed in very spiny greyish silver foliage above which, large pale-purple or occasionally white, thistle-like flower-heads appear in July and August. It is best planted at the back of a border […]

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Create a cool winter garden

11. December 2009

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Create a cool winter garden

After 50 days of rain with day time temperatures hovering between 9-11c, the UK now has more traditonal winter weather. Frosts and clear night skies have created some spectacular sun-rises along the sea-front and daily temperatures have dropped to 4-6c . I love this sharp sunny winter weather. It makes the season bearable but has been absent […]

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Elephants Ears

20. August 2011

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Keeping with the exotic theme here is one of my favourite plants that copes well with heavy rain and muggy atmospeheres interspersed with sunny moments.If you prefer the Latin name they are known as Colocasia Esculenta This is an absolutely fabulous exotic with enormous leaves up to 30cm across by 90cm long. The leaves are held on thick […]

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Empress Tree, Royal Paulonia

10. April 2008

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Empress Tree, Royal Paulonia

Latin name: Paulownia tomentosa Description: If you want big leaves this is the plant to have. It is a fast growing, deciduous, spreading tree with leaves from 15-30 cm across, but, if you want really big leaves, you have to pollard the tree to the ground in spring and only let one or two shots […]

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European Fan Palm

10. April 2008

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European Fan Palm

Latin name: Chamaerops humilis Description: On e of only two indigenous palms native to Europe. Chamaerops humilis can be found on the hot, dry hills and mountains facing the Mediterranean. It is a clump forming, rarely singled stemmed palm. The green fan shaped fronds can be up to 60cm x 60 cm. There is a […]

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False Castor Oil Plant, Japanese Aralia

10. April 2008

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False Castor Oil Plant, Japanese Aralia

Latin name: Fatsia japonica Description: Dramatic, fast growing, dense, rounded shrub with woody stems and large, glossy, palmate, deeply lobed leaves up to 30cm across. In mid autumn dense panicles of small white flowers are bourne followed by small black fruits. ‘Aurea’ has dark green leaves irregularly and heavily marked with white to pale greenish-yellow. […]

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Giant Rubarb

10. April 2008

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Giant Rubarb

Latin name: Gunera manicata Description: If you want a herbaceous plant that’s truly enormous and very jungle-like in appearance, this is the plant for you! It is an extremely large and dramatic, clump-forming herbaceous perennial, with enormous mid-green rhubarb-like leaves, spiny underneath, up to a staggering 2-2.5m wide, on prickly stalks up to 2.5m long. […]

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Golden Bamboo

10. April 2008

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Golden Bamboo

Latin name: Phyllostachys aureo-sulcata ‘Aureocaulis’ Description: This is the most popular bamboo at the ‘Exotic Garden’, grown for its bright, sulphur-yellow canes, which occasional have green stripes at their bases. Planted alone, it makes a striking architectural plant, especially in winter when the canes seem to glow in the mist. Although this is one of […]

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Golden Indian Bean Tree

10. April 2008

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Golden Indian Bean Tree

Latin name: Catalpa bignonioides ‘Aurea’ Description: Handsome, exotic looking tree that can grow to a substantial size, up to 25m with time, or it can be pollarded to keep to a more manageable size with bigger leaves. The yellow leaved form ‘Aurea’ is most delightful and much smaller in stature with a height and spread […]

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