Conservatory Plants

Unusual Conservatory and Heated Greenhouse Plants.

(Shipping May to Sept 2018) 

In season we sell specialised plants suitable for Conservatories and House plants for those of you wanting to try something different.

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.

Acalypha hispida


Red Hot Cat Tails 1 litre plants

This is a very attractive tropical shrub with its bright green toothed leaves toothed and long, hairy tail like crimson drooping red flower clusters. Capable of reaching a height of 2 meters careful pinching and pruning may be necessary to keep Acalypha Hispida from becoming too tall and untidy. The red flowers can reach up to 10-50cm long. It requires bright light, well drained soil and tropical warm conditions. Dead flowers should be removed and watering should be minimal in winter and spider mite can be a problem without control.

Allamanda cathartica


Allamanda cathartica or Golden Trumpet Vine 1 litre plants

Allamanda cathartica is a classic climber from tropical regions not at all cold hardy and you will need a very warm heated environment to keep this wonderful climber. We also have a purple flowered form and an apricot/purple flower but they are reluctant to propagate easily.

Alocasia portei


Elephants Ear 1 litre plant

Alocasia portei reaching over 2 metres tall is a large plant with very heavily scalloped leaves over a metre long unlike most Alocasias. Alocasia portei is one of the parents of Alocasia x 'Portora'. It prefers semi shade, plenty of water when mature but will go dormant if the temperature falls below 10 degrees. Try not to over water when young in cool temperatures or you may kill the plant!

Beloperone guttata variegata

Beloperone guttata variegata or Shrimp Plant 1 litre plant
Beloperone guttata variegata is a very useful pot plant that I have grown at various times over the years and always a favourite of my wife. We offer here a lovely variegated leaf form for something a bit different.

Brunfelsia latifolia


"Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow Plant" 1 litre plants

This particular form of Brunfelsia is very scented with a fabulous display of 2" mauve flowers that fade to white over 3 days in spring and summer over light green foliage. One of our favourite woody shrubs to bring in doors from the greenhouse when in flower. Eventually reaching 4ft tall but that takes many years and in any case can be pruned to size. Don't confuse this one with Brunfelsia pauciflora (syn calcynia) that looks identical but with slightly larger flowers but unfortunately no scent!

Carica Papaya Babaco

Carica Papaya Babaco or Paw Paw fruit 1 litre plants

This mountain hybrid Papaya comes from the highlands of Ecuador and thrives in a cool subtropical climate, free of frost. The Babaco is much more tolerant of cool, damp winters than the papaya. It will withstand temperatures to about 28° F in very short bursts, although it may lose most of its leaves. The Babaco is ideally suited to container culture and also excellent for greenhouses in a sunny spot.

Eventually growing to about 6 feet in height it does not branch and during the cold winter months the leaves degenerate and are usually shed below 12C but will keep growing if kept warmer. As these plants are vegetatively propagated they only produce self fertile female flowers. The excellent large seedless fruits, to 12" long ripen in the late autumn to winter depending on the season. The flesh of the Babaco is very juicy, slightly acidic and low in sugar with a unique flavour, perhaps not to everyones taste, that has been described as having overtones of strawberry, pineapple and papaya. New growth from the base should be only encouraged when the old stem has become too old to be productive.

Cestrum nocturnum


Cestrum nocturnum or Lady of the Night 1 litre plants

Cestrum nocturnum has one of the strongest fragrances around in the evening, when the scent becomes almost intoxicating. The masses of small, creamy blooms open up at night releasing their perfume, but some scent still lingers during the day from the semi closed flowers. They bloom on and off during the warmer months of the year and grow quickly so regular pruning will be needed to keep it contained. An extremely popular plant always in high demand.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae


Clerodendrum thomsoniae or Bleeding Heart Vine 1 litre plants

Clerodendrum thomsoniae is an unusual conservatory shrubby climber that you do not see very often. If pruned correctly it will erupt into sprays of pure white flowers, with scarlet crimson centres that last for weeks and weeks.

Clerodendrum thomsoniae variegata

Variegated Bleeding Heart Vine 1 litre plants
We have a few rare variegated plants of Clerodendrum thomsoniae a really an unusual conservatory shrubby climber that you do not see very often. If pruned correctly it will erupt into sprays of pure white flowers, with scarlet crimson centres that last for weeks and weeks. This form also looks attarctive when not flowering.

Colocasia esculenta Jacks Giant


Limited Availability!

Giant Elephants Ear 1 litre plants

Colocasia esculenta Jacks Giant is an unusual elephants ear that given the right conditions can grow to 7ft with 4ft leaves, creating a spectacular display! Recently seen on a Gardeners World program in a South London suburb tropical garden.

Colocasia Thailand Giant


Giant Elephants Ear 1 litre plants

(Although we have finished shipping plants for the 2017 season, we do have available some nice specimens of this plant!)

I have managed to germinate a few of this very rare Colocasia from seed but germination is very difficult. Here is your chance to try out this incredible Colocasia that in tropical conditions will grow leaves up to 6ft long and 3ft wide!! Quick growing but will need 15c+ to keep over winter under glass and mine will be on a heat mat as well. A plant I raised earlier this year in January is now nearly 5ft tall with 70cm leaves! Look it up on google if you dont believe how large this gets!

Crinum Asiaticum


New for 2018!

Spider Lily 1 ;ite plants

We have a few plants of this unusual and rare tropical Crinum Lily available; easy to look after and it flowers in early spring with delicate spider like white flowers. Foliage is similar to an Amaryllis.

Cyperus papyrus

Cyperus papyrus the Egyptian Papyrus plant - 1 litre pots 2ft tall
Both seed and plant demands for Cyperus papyrus from JS&G are high. Attractive 6ft plus reeds with 18” delicate flower heads, drifting in the breeze. If planted out for summer bedding they require protection from the wind or the reeds will bend and break.

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum


Epiphyllum Oxypetalum or Queen of the Night 1 litre plants

Epiphyllum Oxypetalum is an easily cultivated, fast growing epiphyte. Needs compost containing plenty of humus and sufficient moisture in summer. Should not be kept under 10ºC (50ºF) in winter. Can be grown in semi-shade but not full sun, extra light in the early spring will stimulate budding. Flowers in late spring or early summer and large specimens can produce several crops of flowers in a season. The blooms are stunning 12" wide strongly fragrant and pure white. Each bud only opens for one night though and usually after 7pm, and it is really frustrating if you miss it! This epiphyllum like plant can reach tree like proportions sending out 4ft glossy green shoots that are tougher than they look. Why we do not sell it is that slugs simply love the new growth and I gave up trying to produce "clean" plants, but if you do not mind the odd nibbled leaf we are happy to supply this rare and fabulous plant.

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cooperi


Lilited Availablity!

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cooperi or Variegated Hibiscus Sinensis 1 litre plants

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis Cooperi, a lovely, rare, slow growing variegated hibiscus with red flowers. We have seen this grown as hedging in the Caribbean and it looks simply stunning. The leaf variegation is white, pink and green in an unusual mixed pattern. A must have for any collector enthusiast but not an easy plant to grow as a house plant and its slow growing.

Hibiscus schizopetalus


Hibiscus schizopetalus or Fringed Hibiscus 1 litre plants

One look at the Hibiscus schizopetalus the fringed hibiscus, and it’s easy to see why the shrub is so popular across the world. It’s unique weeping flowers set it apart from other hibiscus varieties. The gorgeous pink and red pendent flowers make it very popular as a pot plant. Growing naturally to more than eight feet tall, the plant can be pruned and trained but it needs a very warm environment to survive our winters.

Impatiens niamniamensis

Impatiens niamniamensis or Congo Cockatoo 1 litre plants
Impatiens niamniamensis is a succulent-stemmed, balsam like plant from tropical East Africa has flowers that look like the head of a scarlet, yellow, and green parrot. This dramatic and unusual houseplant can grow to 3’ tall, covered periodically with these quite gaudy flowers. Although not constantly in bloom, it  typically produces its long-lasting flowers several times a year. Grow in a warm part shady position under glass just like a balsam plant.

Justicia carnea


Brazilian Plume Flower 1 litre plants

Justicia carnea the Brazilian plume flower is an attractive small indoor shrub which performs best when grown in the full sun of a south facing window or a glass house. Keep the soil moist at all times but never soggy, and feed every two weeks with a good all purpose fertilizer from March through to October. Justicias can be pruned back drastically in early Spring to prevent legginess.

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys

Megaskepasma erythrochlamys or Brazilian Red Cloak 1 litre plants
Megaskepasma erythrochlamys is a showy, tropical shrub with a grotesque botanical name occurs naturally in Venezuela. The showy ‘flower’ consists of red bracts surrounding the true white flower, a magnificent shrub to 10ft, but containable as a warm conservatory exotic if pruned. Our stock plants all flower profusely from August to October - very rare in the UK.

Murraya koenigii

Murraya koenigii - the Curry Leaf Plant 1 litre plants 

We have a few Murraya koenigii plants grown from seed each year of the Curry-leaf tree. A native of India and Sri Lanka, it is a small tree suitable for pot culture with very pungent aromatic leaves. The leaves are used in curries. Flowers late spring to early summer with small white flowers, 5/16 of an inch across and are sweetly scented.

Murraya koenigii need warm temperatures with full sun to partial shade and a well draining loam based compost mix. The compost should be allowed to thoroughly dry between waterings. Fertilize weekly during the growing season and do not let the winter temperature fall below 18c° when watering should be very light. A small tree perhaps making 4ft in 5 years.

Pachystachys lutea


Lollipop Plant 1 litre plants

This evergreen shrub grows in a clumping manner with multiple erect/upright stems emerging from the base. At the tip of each stem, colourful spikes of yellow bracts are borne, within which white flowers are held. Once the flowers mature they begin to protrude from the spike of bracts creating a lovely bright yellow and white display. This plant looks spectacular when in flower and makes a stunning pot plant. A rare plant and not readily available in the UK from anyone else!

Passiflora Alata


Passiflora alata "Wing Stemmed Passion Flower" 1 litre plants

An excellent vigorous plant, Passiflora alata is my all time favourite passion flower and similar in appearance to Passiflora quadrangularis with large leaves and huge purple flowers with a stunning heavy scent. Really only suitable for the conservatory as it makes a big plant so beware, when looked after it will become very rampant!

Passiflora exoniensis


Pink Passion Flower

I acquired this passion flower in Portugal many years ago trailing over a tree in a friends garden. It appears to be a cross of Antioquensis and Mollisima, with almost identical flower colour and size, but with shorter flower stems allowing a more horizontal flower display. The plant is also more robust, cool temperature tolerant, with larger deep green leaves. Will take a very light frost ie -1C

Passiflora Temptation


Hybrid Passion Flower 1 litre plants

This hybrid passion flower is a vigorous plant and flowers prolifically with stunning lilac blue frilly flowers, as a bonus it has a slight scent. Ideal for a greenhouse or conservatory and tolerant of cool temperatures but not frost. 

Plumbago capensis

Plumbago Capensis Darker Blue Clone 1 litre pots 
Plumbago capensis is a shrubby plant that throws long runners almost like a non clinging climber. If pruned it can be kept to shape and is often used as hedging in the Tropics. This year I have located an improved new clone of this plant with darker blue flowers,  more shrubby in form, making a compact bush. It is also proving very floriferous and will be the only variety offered by us from now on. The one in the picture above and behind is the darker clone.

Russelia equisetiformis

Russelia equisetiformis or Coral Blow 1 litre plants
Russelia equisetiformis the Coral plant is a multi-branched sub shrub with slender rush like stems. The wiry branches start out erect then fall over cascading down in lengths as long as 4 ft (1.2 m). Flowers from spring until autumn outdoors in warm climates and all year long indoors. The flowers are produced in hanging clusters of scarlet tubular flowers about 1 in (2.5 cm) long that look like little firecrackers, inspiring the plant’s common name. Slow growing at first it will eventually fill quite a large pot given warm conditions. In the tropics it attracts humming birds for the flower nectar.

Saccharum officinarum

Saccharum officinarum or Sugar Cane 1 litre plants
If you are into novelties and pampas grass, then this one fits the bill. The course grass like foliage is almost identical to pampas, but with stronger stems. Difficult to over winter below 10C, and can become chloritic in alkaline conditions. One year growth maybe to 5ft in ideal conditions and the suckers can be propagated once the plant is established. Saccharum officinarum is not suitable for planting outside in the UK even if we have a warm summer and needs to be under glass all year round.

Saccharum officinarum Black Stem


New for 2018!

Saccharum officinarum or Sugar Cane 1 litre plants

There are many varieties of Sugar Cane and this one has purple/black markings on the segments. It also promises to be a bit hardier than the cultivated commercial form and may be suitable for summer bedding. It certainly grows quickly!.

Saccharum officinarum violaceum


Saccharum officinarum violaceum or Purple Sugar Cane 1 litre plants

Saccharum officinarum violaceum is an excellent architectural plant that grows at an astonishing speed to 10ft given enough warmth. It is definitely a lot tougher and cold hardier than the ordinary form with March propagated cuttings already reaching 6ft tall by August under glass and 5ft plus outside. A graceful elegant large grass with purple/green leaves and purple veins that also performed really well as summer bedding in our trials, forming large purple grass clumps to 6ft by August/September. This plant is quite tender at the root level and needs a warm winter environment keeping it on the dry side to keep it alive. Much easier to look after though than the tropical green edible form.

Solandra maxima


Solandra maxima or Chalice Vine 1 litre plants

Solandra maxima is a fast growing very large tropical climber, only suitable for large conservatories, that bears massive yellow flowers the size of dinner plates. An excellent specimen can be seen at Wisley in their tropical House. The large yellow cup shaped flower gives the plant its common name.

Strobilanthes dyerianus


Strobilanthes dyerianus or Persian Shield 1 litre plants

Strobilanthes dyerianus commonly called Persian Shield is among the most sought after foliage plants worldwide. It produces quite unique shimmering iridescent purple coloured metallic looking leaves. Used as a house plant in the UK it is a shade lover but with dappled sunlight the colouring is much stronger. However strong sun burns the leaves. Always late in the season to propagate so please be patient.

Thunbergia gregorii


New for 2018!

Orange Clock Vine 1 litre 

Thunbergia gregorii the perennial Orange Clock Vine is native to central tropical Africa. The really bright pure orange flowers are produced continuously all summer in warm conditions to 8ft or more. Semi hardy it can recover from light frosts but not recommended for outside over winter in the UK! Best kept frost free over winter under glass. This is a vigourus plant once established prefering full sun and a sheltered postion.

Thunbergia Mysorensis


Thunbergia Mysorensis or Red Glory Vine 1 litre plants

Thunbergia Mysorensis is a rare “clock Vine” from India with large hanging clusters of red and yellow flowers. This fast growing vine will need a warm humid conservatory or greenhouse to be seen at it’s best.