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Elephant’s Ears

10. April 2008

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Elephant’s Ears

Latin name: Colocasia esculenta Description: Absolutely fabulous exotic with enormous leaves up to 30cm across by 90cm long and all in one season! The leaves are held on thick stalks a meter or more above the ground. More unusual varieties can be purchased from specialist grows such as ‘Black Magic’ which, as its name implies, […]

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English Elephant’s Ears

10. April 2008

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English Elephant’s Ears

Latin name: Bergenia cordifolia Description: Although often considered a rather common plant, it never-the-less gives a very lush, exotic feel to the garden, especially if grown en-mass as an understory planting. It is an evergreen, clump forming perennial with rounded, hart-shaped mid-green leaves up to 30cm long, with a delightful purple-blue flush in winter. In […]

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Exotic autumn garden

12. September 2011

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Exotic autumn garden

Exotic gardens look at their best at this time of year jut when traditional english herbaceous borders start to look sad and messy.To buy exotic plants explore these nurseries: http://www.athelasplants.co.uk/ http://www.urbanjungle.uk.com/ http://www.hardyexotics.co.uk/ Or visit Will Giles website to indulge in more exotic delights:http://www.exoticgarden.com/

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Exotic English garden in September

24. September 2010

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Exotic English garden in September

If you are looking for inspiration to grow exotic plants in the UK you need to read thiswonderful blog: http://www.exoticgarden.com/blog/the-garden/ridiculously-exotic-at-urban-jungle-in-september/

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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

1. October 2009

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Exotic Garden flourishes in Indian summer

The South and East of England are experiencing an Indian Summer at the moment . Over the past few weeks daily temperatures have regularly reached 22-26c.The sky is a wonderful blue and the sun is providing lots of lovely late summer heat allowing many plants an unexpected flowering period. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1216255/Barbecues-ready-Indian-summer-looks-set-continue.html This is bad news for […]

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Exotic garden video warms longer nights

29. October 2011

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If  you are dreading the shorter days and longer nights that always seem to begin with the changing of UK clocks this evening, try watching this inspirational video. The stunning visuals combined with dreamy music will help you drift off to a far away tropical island. – even though it was shot in Norwich during October at Will Giles Exotic Garden […]

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Exotic Garden videos

25. April 2010

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Exotic Garden videos

Will Giles, THE Exotic Gardener launched a series of  online videos yesterday in which he shares his expert knowledge of growing these plants in the UK. In just 24 hours he uploaded: *over-wintering canna *checking for new growth on gingers *the delights of bromeliads *how to find and deal with Lilly beetles. The videos are […]

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Exotic plants lovin the heat

24. May 2010

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Exotic plants lovin the heat

The very hot weather over the past few days is great for exotic plants growing in UK gardens.Temperatures are expected to reach an impressive 30c in London today – equivalent to 86F. http://www.metcheck.com/V40/UK/HOME/ I have a wonderful flowering exotic plant in my garden at the moment that looks completely bizarre – like something out of […]

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Gardeners recycle old tools

21. June 2010

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Gardeners recycle old tools

From today until 27 June, gardeners are being asked to give their unwanted or unused electricals a new lease of life during Recycle Week. Items such as lawn mowers, strimmers and power tools can be recycled at centres across the country. Those in working order can be donated to the British Heart Foundation’s network of […]

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Ginger Lily

10. April 2008

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Ginger Lily

Latin name: Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’ Description: Gingers are now become more popular as they are now being stocked at many of our local garden centres and rightly so as they are wonderful plants that really do add a touch of the tropics to the garden. Hedychium coccineum ‘Tara’ for instance is a beautiful and easy […]

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