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Glory Lily

10. April 2008

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Glory Lily

Latin name: Gloriosa ‘Rothschildiana’ Description: Very sensual scrambler-climber and always admired for its beauty. Gloriosa grows from tubers planted in the spring and will twine up anything. The leaves are bright apple-green, up to 8cm long and produce tendrils from the leaf tips to attach themselves to anything they touch. In high summer stunning solitary, […]

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Canary Island Geranium

10. April 2008

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Canary Island Geranium

Latin name: Geranium palmatum Description: If you like Geranium maderense, but can’t grow it because its frost tender Geranium palmatum is an equally attractive alternative. This seductive short-lived perennial has long stems and finely divided mid-green leaves up to 35cm across. The flowers are saucer-shaped, five-petalled, pinkish purple up to 4cm across on large terminal […]

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Honey Spurge

10. April 2008

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Honey Spurge

Latin name: Euphorbia mellifera Description: A very handsome and imposing rounded evergreen shrub with stout shoots, clothed in narrowly lance-shaped mid-green leaves with a predominant cream midrib, to 20cm long. From late spring to early summer, deliciously honey scented heads of golden yellow-terracotta flowers with small bronze-green floral bracts are produced in terminal clusters up […]

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Pineapple Flower, Pineapple Lily

10. April 2008

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Pineapple Flower, Pineapple Lily

Latin name: Eucomis Description: Eucomis bicolor is the most commonly available; having large soft leathery leaves up to 30cm long, rising up from a large partly-submerged bulb. The flower-spike up to 60cm tall is topped with a column of loosely packed star shaped greenish flowers, somewhat resembling a pineapple head. Eucomis ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ is a […]

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Purple Abyssinian Banana

10. April 2008

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Purple Abyssinian Banana

Latin name: Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’ Description: Way over the top and absolutely essential banana for the garden. This fairly resent introduction can be bought as a small plant from 50-70cm tall in spring. It will romp away producing a plant up to 2m tall by October with large purplish-green paddle-like leaves 30cm or more wide. […]

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Dahlia

10. April 2008

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Dahlia

Latin name: Dahlia Description: Although often considered as old hat, many never-the-lesses make great exotic garden plants because of their exuberance in flower, colour, and shape – but also for the dark almost black leaved forms that are now readily available. These garden delights were much vaunted by the late Christopher Lloyd, especially ‘Ellen Houston’ […]

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Purple Smoke Bush

10. April 2008

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Purple Smoke Bush

Latin name: Cotinus cogeria Description: You may not think of the ‘Smoke Bush’ as being particularly exotic, but when it is mixed with more tender exotics it takes on a life of its own. This delightfully shrub has several cultivars that fit in well, especially if regularly clipped to keep in proportion to the garden. […]

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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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Canna Lily

10. April 2008

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Canna Lily

Latin name: Canna Description: Their brilliant flowers and bold ornamental foliage are an essential part of any exotic garden, giving a very tropical feel. They are fast growing especially if well fed, where they can grow from 50cm to a staggering 2.5m depending on species and variety. Most Cannas available are hybrids with flowers up […]

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Trumpet Vine

10. April 2008

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Trumpet Vine

Latin name: Campsis radicans Description: Very exotic looking climber with stunning flowers. Eventually growing several meteres high and wide it becomes a prominent feature when in flower. The tough stems are covered in atractive green pinnate leaves. From late summer into early autumn, trumpet-shaped flowers, in shades of yellow orange or red are bourne. The […]

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