Half Hardy and Summer Patio

Bring a taste of the exotic to your garden with half-hardy plants. If you can provide some winter protection it is amazing how many more interesting and plants you can grow, to the envy of your friends and family. You can grow these plants in pots and enjoy them in the garden between June and September when there is no risk of frost (UK). All they need is a greenhouse, porch or conservatory over winter kept above freezing.

Many plants will relish a spell outdoors, the local birds can get at any pests, and the sun and wind helps to strengthen the plants. September is a good time to start thinking about bringing plants undercover, as the nights will be rapidly getting longer and colder, and excess moisture can build up. Some plants will be happy tucked up against the house wall, with a bit of fleece to hand for very cold nights. 

We only show you the plants we hope to have for sale in 2024, if not available now they will progressively become so through the spring.

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Abutilon  'Nabob'
Abutilon 'Nabob'
£6.50
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Flowering Maple

A beautiful, half hardy shrub with deep red bell-shaped flowers for most of the year. The true form.

Abutilon 'Victorian Lady'
Abutilon 'Victorian Lady'
£8.50
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A fairly hardy cultivar with beautiful double pink flouncy flowers over a long period. The only double flowered Abutilon. Vigourous upright growth at first, but in time with some pruning it will bush out and make a magnificent shrub.

Abutilon hybridum maximum
Abutilon hybridum maximum
£6.50
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Indian Mallow

A free flowering plant with large flowers in a mixture of couours. Lucky dip!

Adromischus cooperi
Adromischus cooperi
£8.50
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A popular succulent on account of the attractive markings on its fleshy leaves. A neat little plant for a sunny window sill.

Aeonium 'Blushing Beauty'
£6.50
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This beautiful cultivar has a well-branched habit with multiple rosettes which are green in the centre, the outer leaves turn a deep reddish purple. Well-drained compost and sun.

 

Aeonium decorum f. variegata
Aeonium decorum f. variegata
£6.50
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A very colourful form of a species from La Gomera, Canary Islands, branching freely to make a large impressive plant.

Aeonium ‘Plum Thumb’
Aeonium ‘Plum Thumb’
£6.50
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A compact plant branching to form clusters of rosettes which change from green to purple in summer.

Agapanthus seedlings from large flowered hybrids
£6.50
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Agapanthus

Seedlings from large flowered (blue or white) hybrids, likely to be not totally hardy.

Ageratum corymbosum
Ageratum corymbosum
£6.50
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Perennial Ageratum, Butterfly Mist

A rarely offered slightly tender perennial for a sunny border. Long flowering and good for bees!

Aloe dawei
£6.50
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Dawe's Aloe

(Aloe pole-evansii, Aloe beniensis.) An Aloe from Uganda with beautiful red flowers in winter. It is a smaller Aloe and forms nice clumps. The leaves are long, narrow, bright green and edged with small teeth. Plant in full sun to semi-shade.

Aloe tenuior
Aloe tenuior
£6.50
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Fence Aloe

A spreading, branching Aloe with showy spikes of yellow flowers in mid-summer. Nice in a large pot on a sunny patio. Worth trying outdoors in very mild gardens in very free draining soil and covered with fleece in winter.

Amaranthus caudatus seeds
£0.85
£1.70
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2200 seeds approx

A striking annual growing to 2 or 3 feet with long deep red flower tassels. For pots or sunny exotic borders.

Amaryllis belladonna
£7.00
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Belladonna Lily, Naked Lady

From the winter rainfall areas of South Africa, the Belladonna lily will produce large scented pink flowers in late autumn.

Antigonon leptopus
Antigonon leptopus
£6.50
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Coral Vine

A vigorous frost tender tendril climber from Mexico with racemes of coral pink flowers from midsummer.

Argyranthemum  'Jamaica Primrose'
Argyranthemum 'Jamaica Primrose'
£6.50
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Marguerite

A tender perennial forming mounds of grey-green leaves topped with bright yellow daisies from spring to autumn. Good in pots or bedded out for the summer in a sunny spot. Take cuttings as insurance against winter losses.

Aristaloe  aristata
Aristaloe aristata
£6.50
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Lace Aloe

(Previously Aloe aristata.)

A fairly hardy quick growing succulent with neat rosettes of green leaves with soft white spines. Spikes of pink flowers in spring.

Begonia  'Snow Cap'
Begonia 'Snow Cap'
£6.50
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A striking Cane Begonia with glossy green leaves generously sprinkled with white spots. Pendant clusters of pink flowers in summer. Evergreen

Brugmansia 'Equador Pink'
£7.50
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A cultivar with mid pink night-scented flowers.

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