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Exotic garden video warms longer nights

29. October 2011

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If  you are dreading the shorter days and longer nights that always seem to begin with the changing of UK clocks this evening, try watching this inspirational video. The stunning visuals combined with dreamy music will help you drift off to a far away tropical island. – even though it was shot in Norwich during October at Will Giles Exotic Garden […]

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Confused plants and seasons

21. October 2011

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Took this photo in Russell Square in central London today which clearly shows the confused seasons. The summer geraniums are still flowering beautifully whilst the leaves  are turning a lovely Autumn colour . If you want to catch some gorgeous late flowering Exotic plants visit Will Giles garden in Norwich this Sunday 23rd October for his final 2011 open day […]

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Exotic autumn garden

12. September 2011

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Exotic autumn garden

Exotic gardens look at their best at this time of year jut when traditional english herbaceous borders start to look sad and messy.To buy exotic plants explore these nurseries: http://www.athelasplants.co.uk/ http://www.urbanjungle.uk.com/ http://www.hardyexotics.co.uk/ Or visit Will Giles website to indulge in more exotic delights:http://www.exoticgarden.com/

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Canna warm London September days

1. September 2011

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Canna warm London September days

Great to see these beautiful cannas radiating a fabulous glow in Russell Square on this warm 1st September day in London. Cannas grown in the UK are  are normally at their best  at this time of year and can provide a truly exotic look in one season as they grow very fast if fed and watered well.They do need consistent full sun to fully develop […]

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Elephants Ears

20. August 2011

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Keeping with the exotic theme here is one of my favourite plants that copes well with heavy rain and muggy atmospeheres interspersed with sunny moments.If you prefer the Latin name they are known as Colocasia Esculenta This is an absolutely fabulous exotic with enormous leaves up to 30cm across by 90cm long. The leaves are held on thick […]

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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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Drought loving plants – Cordyline Australis

31. May 2011

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Drought loving plants – Cordyline Australis

A favourite drought plant with UK gardeners is the Torbay palm  or Cordyline Australis which is now a very popular sight all over the UK, inspiring thoughts of tropical islands even on a miserable winters day. Sadly many specimens did not survive the hardest winter for 100 years in 2010/11 but do not let that […]

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Drought Plants : Palm Trees

16. May 2011

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Drought Plants : Palm Trees

Palms are perfect for this dry weather as they require hardly any water to survive once established plus they bring something unusual to your garden. Despite their prominence in hotter climates, palm trees are very hardy plants and most will thrive in the British climate providing there are not weeks of snow  and very low […]

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Drought Loving plants – Oleander

15. May 2011

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Drought Loving plants – Oleander

If your garden is suffering from a  lack of rain then maybe now is the time to re-think your planting? Oleanders have to be my first drought plant choice as they are also evergreen which means they deliver impact throughout the year.These low maintenance Mediterranean plants have delicate flowers in shades of deep red to […]

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