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Japanese Root Hardy Banana, Japanese Fibre Banana

10. April 2008

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Japanese Root Hardy Banana, Japanese Fibre Banana

Latin name: Musa basjoo Description: Probably the hardiest of all the bananas and the most easily grown. This highly architectural banana has a pseudostem (trunk) that can reach up to 2.5m tall and from the top issue arching mid-green leaves up to 2m long and 50cm wide. With age this banana becomes multi-stemmed forming a […]

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Honey Bush

10. April 2008

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Honey Bush

Latin name: Melianthus major Description: Extremely attractive, fairly lax, sparsely branched evergreen shrub, grown for its attractive, deeply serrated silver-blue leaves which bring character to the garden. Melianthus comes from the Greek meli (honey) and anthos (flower), meaning that it has abundant nectar. Because it tends to flower during the winter months this is rarely […]

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Mahonia

10. April 2008

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Mahonia

Latin name: Mahonia x media ‘Charity’ Description: Very tough architectural plants needing little maintenance. It is a vigorous evergreen upright shrub with dark green, spiky foliage on long fairly sparse, deeply fissured and very tactile, cork-like bark covered stems. One of the most wonderful things about this shrub is that it flowers when little else […]

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Bull Bay, Southern Magnolia

10. April 2008

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Bull Bay, Southern Magnolia

Latin name: Magnolia grandiflora Description: Glorious evergreen shrub and one of the first flowering plants on the planet, making it another plant that was around at the time of the dinosaurs! This impressive magnolia can get rather large, so needs to be positioned well. The oblong, pointed, glossy, dark green leaves are velvety-matt brown on […]

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Giant Rubarb

10. April 2008

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Giant Rubarb

Latin name: Gunera manicata Description: If you want a herbaceous plant that’s truly enormous and very jungle-like in appearance, this is the plant for you! It is an extremely large and dramatic, clump-forming herbaceous perennial, with enormous mid-green rhubarb-like leaves, spiny underneath, up to a staggering 2-2.5m wide, on prickly stalks up to 2.5m long. […]

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Golden Bamboo

10. April 2008

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Golden Bamboo

Latin name: Phyllostachys aureo-sulcata ‘Aureocaulis’ Description: This is the most popular bamboo at the ‘Exotic Garden’, grown for its bright, sulphur-yellow canes, which occasional have green stripes at their bases. Planted alone, it makes a striking architectural plant, especially in winter when the canes seem to glow in the mist. Although this is one of […]

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False Castor Oil Plant, Japanese Aralia

10. April 2008

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False Castor Oil Plant, Japanese Aralia

Latin name: Fatsia japonica Description: Dramatic, fast growing, dense, rounded shrub with woody stems and large, glossy, palmate, deeply lobed leaves up to 30cm across. In mid autumn dense panicles of small white flowers are bourne followed by small black fruits. ‘Aurea’ has dark green leaves irregularly and heavily marked with white to pale greenish-yellow. […]

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Pincushion Flower, Tree Echium

10. April 2008

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Pincushion Flower, Tree Echium

Latin name: Echium pininana Description: Giant, imposing plants hailing from La Palma laurel forests in the Canary Islands. These triffids of the garden world are biennial or short lived perennials. They are stunning plants for a sheltered border providing a tropical touch to summer. In its first year Echium pininana forms a low rosette of […]

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Common Tree Fern, Soft Tree Fern, Woolly Tree Fern

10. April 2008

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Common Tree Fern, Soft Tree Fern, Woolly Tree Fern

Latin name: Dicksonia antarctica Description: The most famous tree fern in Northern Hemisphere cultivation and a truly majestic and architectural plant to boot! The dense, fibrous, dark brown trunk is covered in overlapping frond stalk bases, giving it a rough texture. From the top issue huge mid-green fronds from 1-3m long depending on location. In […]

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Cardoon

10. April 2008

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Cardoon

Latin name: Cynara cardunculus Description: Resembling a giant thistle, this is a very dramatic and statuesque herbaceous perennial. It has enormous, thick, architectural greyish-green leaves up to1.2m across by 60cm wide. The purple thistle-like flower heads are borne in mid-summer and are held well above the foliage. On a hot summer’s day, myriads of bees […]

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