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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Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'
Tradescantia pallida 'Purpurea'
£6.50
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A spreading or trailing plant with deep purple leaves and small pink flowers in summer. Keep away from very hot sun but needs good light to keep leaf colour.

Tradescantia plain green
Tradescantia plain green
£6.50
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Reverted from 'Quicksilver', a vigourous trailing plant with large glossy plain green leaves.

Watsonia borbonica 'Peach Glow'
Watsonia borbonica 'Peach Glow'
£6.50  -  £15.00
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A South African cormous plant, loving well-drained soil in full sun. Tall flower spikes to 1.5 m. carry peachy-orange flowers in late summer - makes an impressive display. In cold gardens can be grown in a heavy pot & well-drained gritty John Innes mix.

Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera
Watsonia meriana var. bulbillifera
£7.50
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Slightly tender bulbous plants from South Africa, with clumps of stiff sword shaped leaves and tall spike of apricot coloured flowers in summer. Small corms may develop after flowering in the leaf axils. Mulch well for the winter especially in cold garden

Zingiber mioga 'Dancing Crane'
Zingiber mioga 'Dancing Crane'
£6.50
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Japanese Ginger

A hardy Ginger with strikingly variegated green and white striped leaves. Makes a slowly spreading clump, happy in part-shade in good soil with a winter mulch. Flowers appear at ground level, so this is really a plant for foliage.

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