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Purple Roscoea

10. April 2008

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Purple Roscoea

Latin name: Roscoea purpurea Description: These are relatively small members of the ginger family and deserve to be more widely grown as they are exceedingly attractive when in flower as well as leaf. They are tuberous rooted perennials, thriving in cool shady conditions. Roscoea Purpurea is a popular species with lance-shaped, deep green leaves up […]

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Castor Oil Plant, Castor Bean Plant

10. April 2008

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Castor Oil Plant, Castor Bean Plant

Latin name: Ricinus communis ‘Carmencita’ Description: Very easy and essential exotic annual. Branching shrub that can grow to staggering proportions in one season. Sown in April it will reach 2m by late summer with large Fatsia-like, dark bronze-purple leaves 30cm and more wide. From summer to autumn produces clusters of small flowers followed by spikes […]

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Cape Fuchsia, Cape Figwort

10. April 2008

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Cape Fuchsia, Cape Figwort

Latin name: Phygelius aequalis ‘Yellow Trumpet’ Description: Phygelius are becoming ever more popular because of their long flowering period and the abundance of flowers that they bear. They grow into a fairly compact bush with twiggy branches with oval, pointed deep to pale green leaves. The inflorescences are held above the foliage and drip from […]

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Blue Passion Flower, Common Passion Flower

10. April 2008

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Blue Passion Flower, Common Passion Flower

Latin name: Passiflora cerulia Description: Beautiful and essential, fast growing evergreen to semi-evergreen climber with attractive, palmate, dark green leaves. The delectable flowers are white with a blue or purple banded corona from summer to autumn followed by ochre yellow egg-shaped fruits. ‘Constance Elliot’ is an attractive white-flowered cultivar. Hardiness: Hardy to -10C and probably […]

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Skunk Cabage

10. April 2008

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Skunk Cabage

Latin name: Lysichiton americanus Description: The foliage of this amazing herbaceous perennial is dramatic to say the least and very tropical in appearance, rising up from the ground to 1m or more tall. Each leaf is like a giant paddle, mid-green and leathery in texture and on a mature plant can be 30cm or more […]

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Himalayan Honeysuckle

10. April 2008

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Himalayan Honeysuckle

Latin name: Leycesteria formosa Description: It is seldom found in contemporary British gardens, though attempts have been made in recent years to popularize the species in Britain with new cultivated varieties appearing in most garden centers. It was much grown by the Victorians. It has soft, hollow, upright green stems which only last for a […]

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Hosta

10. April 2008

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Hosta

Latin name: Hosta Description: Well known garden plants grown for their large, imposing and often beautifully variegated leaves. H. ‘Frances Williams’ is a delightful mid-sized Hosta with large heart-shaped, glacous bluish-green leaves with irregular yellowy-green markings. Off-white, bell-shaped flowers are held above the foliage in summer, which are much loved by bees. Hardiness: Very hardy […]

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Day Lily

10. April 2008

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Day Lily

Latin name: Hemerocallis Description: The ever-popular Day lilies are a must for the flower garden. Hemerocallis are ideal in the herbaceous border; the shorter stemmed varieties which are becoming more popular are also excellent grown around patios or used as edging. Mass planting gives a strong show of colour. They all have green, narrow, strap-like, […]

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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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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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