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Angels Trumpets

10. April 2008

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Angels Trumpets

Latin name: Brugmansia Description: These fabulous plants are a must for the exotic garden with their ridiculously large flowers. There are many species and countless cultivars worth trying in the garden. Often mistakenly called Datura, there is nothing like Brugmansia for scent. The name Angel’s Trumpet refers to the large, very dramatic, pendulous trumpet-shaped flowers […]

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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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Hardy Begonia

10. April 2008

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Hardy Begonia

Latin name: Begonia grandis subsp. Evansiana Description: Clump-forming tuberous begonia with red-branched stems up to 50cm tall with broad fleshy, typical begonia shaped leaves, pale green above, flushed red with prominent veining beneath. Delicate pink flowers are produced from the leaf axils in nodding clusters from midsummer to autumn. Hardiness: Hardy to at least -5C […]

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Hart’s Toung Fern

10. April 2008

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Hart’s Toung Fern

Latin name: Asplenium scolopendrium Description: This robust evergreen fern grows from short creeping rhizomes, producing an irregular shuttle-cock like crown, composed of strap-like leathery, undulating, glossy, bright green fronds up to 60cm long. Although this beauty is native to Europe and North America it has a very exotic feel when planted with other large leaved […]

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Cast Iron Plant

10. April 2008

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Cast Iron Plant

Latin name: Aspidistra elatior Description: Aspidistras are emblematic of the English Victorian period, as plants for the house and very tough ones at that, withstanding dark areas in hallways and rooms, tacking low light levels and neglect in their stride. The good news is – they are in fact hardy and can be released into […]

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Lords and Ladies

10. April 2008

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Lords and Ladies

Latin name: Arum italicum marmoratum Description: Although a very well known garden plant, it never-the-less has very exotic looking foliage. This native British species is grown for its ornamental leaves and striking spathes (flowers) and unusual appearance. The arrow-head shaped leaves can be plain green or variegated, with yellow-green veining, emerging in last winter and […]

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Japanese Anemone

10. April 2008

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Japanese Anemone

Latin name: Anemone x hybrida Description: A. x hybrida ‘Honorine Jobert’ is an immensely popular plant; having pure white flowers that occurred as a chance mutation on A. x hybrida in the garden of M Jobert, in Verdun, France, in 1858. Its flower stems can reach over 1.8m in fertile soil. The large, simple flowers […]

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Bears Britches

10. April 2008

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Bears Britches

Latin name: Acanthus mollis Description: These beauties are grown for their dramatic foliage and handsome upright flower spikes that fit in well with exotic style gardening. Acanthus mollis is a stately, semi-evergreen perennial with long deeply toothed, soft spined, glossy bright green leaves up to 60cm long by 30cm wide. Spikes of funnel-shaped white flowers, […]

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Varigated Spanich Dagger

10. April 2008

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Varigated Spanich Dagger

Latin name: Yucca recurvifolia marginata Y Description: These highly architectural plants hail from the dry arid areas of North America and are grown in gardens for their bold form. They are evergreen, often tree-like shrubs with stout, normally un-branched stem with stiff sawed-like bluish-green leaves up to 60cm long. In autumn, spectacular pendent bell-shaped white […]

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Chain Fern

10. April 2008

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Chain Fern

Latin name: Woodwardia radicans Description: Spectacular evergreen fern with arching, broadly lance-shaped mid-green fronds up to a staggering 2m long, with conspicuous bulbils on the frond tips which root when they touch the ground, hence they chain down mountain sides in the wild over large areas rooting as they go. Like most ferns they require […]

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