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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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Agapetes 'Ludgvan Cross'

Agapetes 'Ludgvan Cross'£7.00

An evergreen shrub with masses of small lantern-shaped pink flowers with intricate red markings. Good for frost free gardens in the UK.

 
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Agave americana

Agave americana£7.00

Century Plant, Maguey

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

 
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Agave americana 'Variegata'

Agave americana 'Variegata'£9.50

Century Plant, Maguey

A very prickly evergreen plant with fleshy grey green leaves with a creamy margin. A strong architectural plant for desert or exotic schemes. Does well in a large pot where it will get to 1.5m in time. Hardy in mild gardens otherwise move to a greenhouse over winter.

 
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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!

 
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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.

 

Aloe dawei£6.50

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.

 
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Aloe tenuior

Aloe tenuior£6.50

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.

 

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.

 
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Brugmansia arborea

Brugmansia arborea£6.50

Angel’s Trumpet A frost-tender deciduous shrub with large, pendulous, night-scented white trumpets in summer. Fantastic for bedding out or growing in pots on the Patio. Needs frost protection in winter
 
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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.

 
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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.

 

Canna musifolia 'Grande'£8.00

Banana-leaved Canna

A fantastic jungly plant (musifolia = banana leaves!) with large green leaves with red-tinged margins & central rib. Good moist soil in sun, best bedded out for the summer.

 
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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.

 
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Cissus striata

Cissus striata£6.50

Ivy of Uruguay

A slightly tender evergreen climber with palmate leaves and red stems. Small green flowers in summer are followed by ornamental black berries. Ideal for covering a wall in a conservatory or a sheltered spot outdoors. Can also be used as a trailing houseplant if kept in a smallish pot

 

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.

 
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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.

 
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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.

 
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