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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Plumbago auriculata 'Crystal Waters'
£7.00
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Cape leadwort

A scrambling, bushy climber for a conservatory or frost free garden with beautiful blue flowers in summer - a slightly deeper shade than the species.

Plumbago auriculata v. alba
Plumbago auriculata v. alba
£8.50
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Cape leadwort

A scrambling, bushy climber for a conservatory or frost free garden with beautiful clusters of white flowers in summer. A nice contrast with the blue flowered species

Pteris tremula
Pteris tremula
£7.50
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Trembling Fern, Australian Brake

A fast-growing fern with finely-cut fronds - would look good in a container in a shady conservatory, and can be placed outdoors for the summer months.

Pteris umbrosa
Pteris umbrosa
£6.50
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Australian Jungle Brake

A half-hardy fern from Australia, with elegant semi-evergreen finger-like fronds. It makes an excellent subject for a pot on a shady patio, or a cool greenhouse.

Punica granatum 'Fina Tendral'
Punica granatum 'Fina Tendral'
£12.50
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Pomegranate

An attractive small tree or shrub, ideal for a warm, ideally frost free, courtyard garden, or tub in a conservatory. Double orange flowers

Rosa  'Climbing Columbia'
Rosa 'Climbing Columbia'
£7.50
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Rose

A lovely rose for a cool conservatory - the pink flowers are strongly scented and appear over a long period from mid-summer to early winter.

Rostrinucula dependens
Rostrinucula dependens
£7.00
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Purple Plume Weeping Buddleia

Resembling a Buddleja in habit and flowers, producing in the autumn and early winter long drooping racemes of mauve flowers. A medium sized shrub for a sunny border.

Ruellia  tweediana 'Pink Flowered'
Ruellia tweediana 'Pink Flowered'
£6.50
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Related to the Acanthus, rather then the Petunia, the ‘Mexican Petunia’ is a vigorous spreading (suckering) perennial with large pink flowers over a long period.

Ruellia macrantha
Ruellia macrantha
£6.50
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Christmas Pride

Spectacular tender shrub with large pink trumpets from autumn-winter. Feed monthly in growing season.

Ruellia tweediana
Ruellia tweediana
£6.50
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Mexican Petunia

Related to the Acanthus, rather then the Petunia, this is a vigorous spreading suckering perennial with large blue flowers over a long period.

Salvia 'Waverly'
Salvia 'Waverly'
£6.50
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Sage

Flowering from summer to autumn, this makes an large sub-shrub with long spikes with whorls of pale lavender turning to white flowers. Needs a warm spot, protected from hard frost.

Salvia africana-lutea
Salvia africana-lutea
£6.50
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Tender evergreen shrub with grey woolly leaves and unusual reddish brown flowers with purple tinted calyces from summer-late autumn. For a sunny spot.

Scilla peruviana
Scilla peruviana
£6.50
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Portuguese Squill

A bulbous perennial with large conical heads of small blue flowers in summer. Hardy in most UK gardens. Very well-drained soil, so ideal for a gravel garden in full sun.

Senecio (Curio)   'Himalayan Blue'
Senecio (Curio) 'Himalayan Blue'
£6.50
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Similar to S. ficoides but with finer foliage, a pretty plant which would look attractive in a shallow pot, placed outdoors on a sunny patio or terrace. Bring in for the winter, when it will enjoy a sunny windowsill.

Senecio angulatus
Senecio angulatus
£6.50
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Climbing Groundsel, Cape Ivy

A half-hardy vigourous South African climbing succulent with fleshy leaves and clusters of small bright yellow flowers in summer & autumn, which should be scented.

Senecio mikanioides
Senecio mikanioides
£6.50
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An attractive climbing or scrambling plant with fleshy pale green leaves with & deeper green along the veins. The reverse of the leaves is deep red. Yellow flowers may appear. Frost free, sun to part-shade.

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