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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Canna  brasiliensis
Canna brasiliensis
£6.50
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Indian Shot

A compact species of Canna with sage green leaves and small vivid red and orange flowers over a long period in summer.  Ideal for growing in pots as part of an jungle/ exotic scheme. Move into a greenhouse for protection over winter. May survive outdoors in very mild gardens with a very thick mulch

Canna 'Ra'
£6.50
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Water Canna

A very tall Canna for a boggy area with narrow leaves and large lemon yellow flowers in summer and autumn. Lift tubers or move pots into a frost free area in winter.

Canna altensteinii
£6.50
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Indian Shot

A very tall species with huge leaves, giving height and a tropical feel in the summer garden. Spikes of burnt orange flowers add to the display.

Canna compacta
£6.50
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Indian Shot

A shorter species growing to around 4 feet, with spikes of small orange-red flowers.

Canna indica
£6.50
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Indian Shot

The species from which many large flowered varieties have arisen. Small but eye-catching red and yellow flowers appear over a long period.

Canna jaegeriana
£6.50
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Indian Shot

A tall species to around 5 feet, with huge banana-like leaves, and spikes of burnt orange flowers. A more tender species

Canna musifolia 'Grande'
Canna musifolia 'Grande'
£8.50
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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.

Canna patens
Canna patens
£6.50
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Indian Shot

A beautiful species of modest size, Fresh green leaves and red and yellow flowers from summer to autumn. Best lifted and kept frost free in winter.

Canna tuerckheimii
£6.50
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Giant Canna

A very tall species with matching large leaves, topped with tubular orange-red flowers. Best in a sheltered sunny spot.

Cestrum cultum 'Cretan Purple'
Cestrum cultum 'Cretan Purple'
£7.00
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Evergreen shrub with nice tubular, evening-scented purple flowers in summer. Grow in a loam based compost with added grit indoors, or in a sheltered, well drained spot outdoors. Protect from very hot sun in summer.

Cestrum elegans
Cestrum elegans
£6.50
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Upright evergreen shrub with clusters of ruby red tubular flowers on arching stems in summer, followed by red-purple berries. Prune back in spring. Full to part shade in a sheltered spot.

Chlidanthus fragrans
Chlidanthus fragrans
£6.50
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A tender bulbous plant with very scented, yellow trumpet flowers from June to July. Hardy in mild gardens, in cold areas grow in pots.

Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum'
Chlorophytum comosum 'Vittatum'
£6.00
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Spider Plant

Spider Plant with green leaves with a white-cream central stripe, giving it an overall lighter appearance than 'Variegatum'.

Clivia robusta
Clivia robusta
£7.50
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Swamp Clivia

A vigourous South African species with heads of pendulous tubular flowers

Cotyledon orbiculata 'Staghorn'
Cotyledon orbiculata 'Staghorn'
£7.00
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A striking succulent with characteristic large staghorn-shaped leaves. Ideal for a large shallow bowl or trough where it can spread to make an impressive plant. Outdoors in summer, in for the winter.

Cotyledon orbiculata var. oblonga 'Macrantha'
£6.50
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Green Pigs Ear

(C. macrantha.) A large branching shrubby succulent. Differs from C. orbiculata in having rounder fleshy green leaves tinged red at the edges.

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