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UK summer heaven for hibiscus

19. August 2011

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After heavy monsoon style rain in southern england yesterday, today delivered a beautiful sunny day with one of those bright blue skies that make the garden look even greener.Heavy rain followed by sunny days is great news for my beautiful red tropical hibiscus that is literally “glowing” in my garden. There are two types of hibiscus , the hardy ones can […]

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UK tropical heatwave

3. August 2011

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The UK is experiencing a mini heatwave at last this summer! Temperatures have been hotter over the past few days than Turkey or India with the mercury reaching 28c – 83f – at Heathrow yesterday and temperatures in inner London up to 30c. It is also very humid which is great news for tropical plants like my […]

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Varigated Ivy

10. April 2008

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Varigated Ivy

Latin name: Hedera colchica ‘Dentata Varigata’ Description: Ivey may be considered as a very common climber, though some of the large leaved forms give a very tropical feel to the garden with their dense foliage. ‘Dentata’ for instance has large, light green leaves that droop. ‘Dentata Variegata’ has bold creamy variegations which look very dramatic, […]

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Wandering Jew, Inch Plant

10. April 2008

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Wandering Jew, Inch Plant

Latin name: Tradescantia fluminensis Description: Ludicrously tropical house-plant that is well worth trying in your garden. These wonderful trailing houseplants come in a dazzling range of colours and variegations, so the world is your Oyster. Plant out after the last frosts, usually in May. Hardiness: Although considered ludicrously tender, they don’t seem to know that! […]

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Will Giles inspires Exotic Gardening

18. June 2010

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Will Giles inspires Exotic Gardening

If you are interested in growing tropical or exotic plants in your garden this summer then the man who knows everything about this subject is the guru of exotica  – Mr Will Giles. Will is a flamboyant character who combines excellent  plantsmanship with unique creativity on his stimulating blog and colourful web-site. This year he […]

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