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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. 

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Agave americana

Agave americana£7.00

Century Plant, Maguey

A large architectural succulent with blue-green leaves & VERY SHARP SPINES!

 
Ageratum corymbosum

Ageratum corymbosum£6.50

Perennial Ageratum, Butterfly Mist

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

 
Aloe aristata

Aloe aristata£6.50

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.

 
Aristea ecklonii

Aristea ecklonii£5.00

South African rhizomatous half-hardy perennial with loose spikes of intense blue flowers in spring and summer. Well-drained soil and sun.

 
Asclepias curassavica Silky Red

Asclepias curassavica Silky Red£6.50

Probably a variety of A. curassavica. An upright tender perennial with masses of red flowers over a long period in summer.

 
Beschorneria yuccoides

Beschorneria yuccoides£6.50

Architectural succulent with narrow leaves and spikes of pendant, tubular red flowers in summer. Hardy in a sheltered spot in well-drained soil, good in coastal gardends.

 
Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'

Bulbine frutescens 'Hallmark'£6.50

Stalked Bulbine

An orange flowered selection of the yellow flowered species. Spreading clumps of narrow fleshy leaves topped with spikes of small orange flowers in spring and summer. Hardy in mild gardens.

 
Callistemon 'Perth Pink'

Callistemon 'Perth Pink'£9.50

Bottlebrush

Evergreen shrub from Australia with bright pink bottlebrush flowers in spring and autumn. For a sheltered, frost free garden or a cool conservatory.

 

Canna 'Cannova'£6.50

Indian Shot

Compact long-flowering Canna with bright red, orange or yellow flowers all summer, for pots & tropical bedding schemes. Rich moist, well drained soil in full sun.

 
Chlidanthus fragrans

Chlidanthus fragrans£7.00

A tender bulbous plant with very scented, yellow trumpet flowers from June to July. Hardy in mild gardens, in cold areas grow in pots.

 
Convolvulus sabatius

Convolvulus sabatius£7.00

Blue Rock Bindweed

This little trailing plant has funnel-shaped, soft blue flowers from mid to summer and is ideal for a sunny, dry location

 
Crassula perfoliata v. heterotricha

Crassula perfoliata v. heterotricha£6.50

Name uncertain but bought as this. A vigourous growing succulent with densely packed leaves on long stems. These tend to flop, making it ideal for a wide shallow bowl, or for bedding out in the summer.

 
Cyperus  'Zumila'

Cyperus 'Zumila'£7.50

Dwarf Pot Sedge, Cat Grass

A miniature sedge, with bright green leaves topped by the typical umbrella arrangement of flowers. A nice little plant for a cool windowsill.

 
Cyperus papyrus

Cyperus papyrus£6.50

Papyrus makes a wonderful specimen for a warm conservatory, stood in a shallow tray of water. It can be placed outdoor for the summer in a warm sunny sheltered location.

 
Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'

Dodonaea viscosa 'Purpurea'£7.00

Evergreen shrub from New Zealand with very attractive red-purple foliage. For fertile, well drained soil in sun to part shade. Drought and pollution tolerant. Small flowers may be folowed by papery seed pods. Good for coastal and frost free gardens.

 
Drimiopsis maculata

Drimiopsis maculata£6.50

Little White Soldiers, African False Hosta

A curious little bulbous plant with fleshy, spotted, hosta-like leaves and spikles of small white flowers in April to May.

 
Fuchsia  'Bryan Breary'

Fuchsia 'Bryan Breary'£6.50

An encliandra cultivar with small leaves and small flowers. Likes soil based compost and cool frost-free conditions with a moist atmosphere.

 
Furcraea longaeva

Furcraea longaeva£6.50

Giant Furcraea

Related to the Agave, and with a similar habit (though less spiny!), this much sought after plant grows for several (many) years before producing a giant flower spike up to 40 foot tall.

 
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