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Other Plants

Unusual Subtropical and Hardy Plants.

(Shipping May to Sept 2018)

Apart from Seeds and some Greenhouse Products, we sometimes also sell a range of tropical plants. We only supply these from late May to September and specialise in Banana Plants, Brugmansia, Gingers and some Conservatory Plants. Please Note: We do not grow huge volumes of plants and we may run out of availability by mid season.

All plants are shipped by courier services and because this is seasonal we CANNOT TAKE MIXED ORDERS of Seeds or Products along with Plant orders.  Please place any Plants as a separate order of Plants only. Any mixed orders with other products will not be accepted. Plant orders are only accepted for UK delivery addresses and surcharge areas may require additional shipping charges.

Abutilon pictum thompsonii

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New for 2018!

Variegated Semi Hardy Bell Flower 1 litre plants

Abutilon pictum thompsonii is one of my favourite Abutilons with golden yellow variegated leaves and Orange lantern like flowers. I have used this plant for tropical bedding over many years as part of yellow themed displays. Over winters easily indoors and when it gets too leggy just cut it back allowing it to regrow.
 

Abutilon x milleri variegatum

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Variegated Semi Hardy Bell Flower 1 litre plants

Abutilon x milleri variegatum is a pretty floriferous Abutilon with cream/yellow variegated leaves and persistant Orange and crimson lantern like flowers.  Over winters easily in a frost free glasshouse but probably hardy to -10c if grown against a sheltered south facing wall. If it gets too leggy just cut it back allowing it to regrow.
 

Abutilon X suntense

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Hardy Abutilon 1 litre plants җ җ
A hardy garden hybrid Abutilon capable of tolerating at least -12°C that makes a fantastic display in spring with large 3" lilac blue flowers. Grows tall if not gently pruned each year but in any case it is not a long lived shrub - perhaps 10 years or so but well worth the effort.

Bilbergia nutans

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Bilbergia nutans or Queen’s Tears 1 litre plants җ
Billbergia nutans makes a good conservatory plant and is also happy as a house plant where it can live on a windowsill for years. It is often listed in magazines as one of the top ten house plants that can tolerate almost total neglect. It is a bromeliad, related to the pineapple requiring a well drained, gritty soil. Water only when really necessary and feed only occasionally. Grown in full sun, the foliage loses some of its lustre but produces copious amounts of exotic pink flower spikes. I have had customers tell me that they will survive quite well outside given a sheltered micro climate,

Bilbergia nutans variegata

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Bilbergia nutans variegata or Variegated Queen’s Tears 1 litre plants җ
Bilbergia nutans variegata is a lovely leaf variegated pink/green/white form of Billbergia nutans that makes a good conservatory plant and is also happy as a houseplant where it can live on a windowsill for years. It is often listed in magazines as one of the top ten houseplants that can tolerate almost total neglect. It is a bromeliad, related to the pineapple requiring a well drained, gritty soil. Water only when really necessary and feed only occasionally. Grown in full sun, the foliage loses some of its lustre but produces copious amounts of exotic pink flower spikes.

Cyphomandra betacea

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Tree Tomato 1 litre plants җ
A quick growing novelty plant from Peru that has good use both for its tomato like edible red fruit that is eaten and tastes a bit like a passion fruit (it just looks like a plum tomato!) It has large downy leaves making it a bold pot plant for terrace decoration or summer bedding. Makes a sparse shrub with terminal 4” racemes of 1” pink highly scented flowers spring to summer. Hardy down to cold levels even withstanding a light frost. Excellent if you have a frost free glass house to house it over winter and I have heard it has proven hardy down in the west country. These plants are cutting grown from mature fruiting trees and are already in flower/bud.

Cyphomandra corymbiflora

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Hardy Tree Tomato 1 litre plants җ җ

A rare tree tomato from the Andes Mountains that is frost hardy to about -8°C to -10°C. Attractive large evergreen soft leaves typical of the tree tomato family with small semi-edible 4cm to 5cm fruits. An interesting flavour to mix in a smoothie but a bit strong to eat raw and full of tiny seeds similar to a tomato. The flowers start out as blue/white stars turning lilac with age in large clusters adding to the attraction of this sub tropical small tree.

Dahlia imperialis

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Dahlia imperialis or Giant Dahlia 1 litre plants җ
If you are into pretty Dahlia flowers then this is not for you! But - if you are into giant tree size foliage then Dahlia imperialis takes the cake. It is semi hardy and from our own experience will stand a normal winter left outside, regrowing from the root stock again in late spring the following year. In the UK probably 10ft is the best you may see in a season but in it’s natural habitat 10 metres is quite normal for 9 months growth! It does flower with pretty single pink flowers but by November the frost will probably have got there first. Has to be seen to be believed with huge 4" diameter stems and massive leaves.

Fatsia 'Spiders Web'

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New for 2018!

Variegated Japanese Aralia 1 litre plants җ җ

A lovely new form of Fatsia mainly grown for its large variegated foliage although clusters of white flowers are also produced in summer. The large 30cm icing dusted foliage is particularly attractive making a wonderful specimen plant for the exotic garden, eventually reaching 2m tall. Prefers some light dappled shade so useful for a dark corner and said to be hardy to -15C but I think some foliage damage would be inevitable at low temperatures without protection.

Ricinus New Zealand Purple

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Ricinus New Zealand Purple- 1 litre plants
Ricinus New Zealand Purple is a fabulous plant in our trials with 8ft towers of rich metallic re/purple leaves and stems. Flowers and seed pods are also a deep red/purple. Quite a stunning plant and quite rare as it was only introduced a few years ago and not widely available. Please don't forget that all parts of Ricinus plants including the seeds are poisonous if eaten.

Salvia Black Knight

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Hybrid sage 1 litre plants

Salvia ‘Black Knight’ is a strong plant that can achieve 6ft in a season but sadly not as frost hardy as guranitica (one of the parents of this hybrid). Best to take cuttings in late summer and overwinter them in a frost free place for plants the following year if you live in a colder area. Its well worth the effort for this gorgeous bold plant. The bright, richly purple flowers emerge from long-lasting deep aubergine purple calyxes on dark purple stems. Unlike the similar Purple Majesty Salvia it flowers over a longer season (all winter in a heated glass house) and is more vigourous with darker leaves and black stems. This makes a big plant, ideal for adding an exotic feel to the back of a late summer border. Its happy in full sun, but will also take some shade.

Salvia Embers Wish

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Hybrid sage 1 litre plants

Salvia ‘Embers  is a non hardy strong plant similar in habit to Black Knight but with stunning bright red flowers that can achieve 4ft in a season. Best to take cuttings in late summer and overwinter them in a frost free place for plants the following year if you live in a colder area. Its well worth the effort for this gorgeous bold plant. This makes a big plant, ideal for adding an exotic feel to any summer border. Its happy in full sun, but will also take some shade. The Wish range of Salvias flower non stop from spring to the first frosts.

Salvia guaranitica Black & Blue

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Anise scented sage 1 litre plants җ җ

Salvia guaranitica  is a semi tender plant native to a wide area of South America. It is a perennial subshrub growing 4ft to 5 ft tall, which can spread into a large patch through its spreading roots in mild areas. The ovate toothed edged leaves are a fresh mint green colour, and an anise scent when crushed. The inflorescences are up to 10" long with flowers of deep blue. The variety Black & Blue has cobalt blue flowers on long stems that are black in colour contrasting nicely with the light green leaves. In cold regions, flowering begins in mid summer and continues until frost. If the the tuberous roots are protected with a little extra mulch we find these reliably hardy in normal winters. The autumn colour is quite spectacular especially late in the season. Similar growth to Salvia patens and not so fast growing as Enigma or Black Knight..

Salvia Love & Wishes

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Magenta Hybrid sage 1 litre plants

Salvia :ove & wishes is a non hardy strong plant similar in habit to Black Knight but with stunning magenta flowers on purple calyxs that can achieve 4ft in a season. Best to take cuttings in late summer and overwinter them in a frost free place for plants the following year if you live in a colder area. Its well worth the effort for this gorgeous bold plant. This makes a big plant, ideal for adding an exotic feel to any summer border. Its happy in full sun, but will also take some shade. The Wish range of Salvias flower non stop from spring to the first frosts.

'Salvia Phyllis Fancy

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New for 2018!

Hybrid sage 1 litre plants

This wonderful Salvia is thought to be a hybrid between Salvia leucantha and Salvia chiapensis. It is similar but larger and hardier than Salvia 'Waverly' and may tolerate as low as -15c. The 2m tall clumps are only 30cm wide or so at the bottom but have a 2m wide spread at the top like a funnel. Starting in early September and continuing until frost, the clumps are topped with 30cm long purple spikes of light lavender flowers, each held in a bicolour calyx, purple on top and green on the bottom - a great garden specimen!