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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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.

Crassula 'Garnet Lotus'
Crassula 'Garnet Lotus'
£6.50
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A distinctive hybrid with thick fleshy dusky purple grey pointed leaves. A neat little plant

Crassula capitella 'Campfire'
£6.50
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A vigourous plant forming mounds of neatly arranged leaves which take on a vivid red colouration in summer. Lovely in a shallow pot or planted under Aeoniums. South Africa.

Crassula multicava
£6.50
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Fairy Crassula, Pitted Crassula

A plant from shady cliff faces in subtropical South Africa, forming a sprawling mats of fleshy green leaves with red undersurfaces. Makes an unusual plant for a partly shady windowsill indoors. Possibly hardy in sheltered gardens, away from hot midday sun.

Crassula ovata 'Undulata'
Crassula ovata 'Undulata'
£7.50
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Money Plant

A compact form of the Money Plant with curly blue-green fleshy leaves. Denser and slower growing.

Crassula perfoliata v. heterotricha
Crassula perfoliata v. heterotricha
£6.50
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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.

Crassula swaziensis variegata
Crassula swaziensis variegata
£6.50
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Money Maker

A neat little compact spreading succulent with fleshy variegated leaves.

Cuphea caeciliae
Cuphea caeciliae
£6.50
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Cigar Plant

A bushy tender shrubby perennial ideal for bedding out with other tropical plants. Covered from summer to autumn with masses of orange tubular flowers.

Cuphea ignea
£6.50
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Cigar Plant

A colourful small tender shrub with vivid red tubular flowers over a long period in summer. Ideal for bedding out with other exotic plants, or in containers. Over winter frost free.

Cussonia sphaerocephala
£6.50
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Natal Forest Cabbage Tree

From dry areas of South Africa where it makes a large tree, this makes a striking plant in a large pot. Deeply cut glossy leaves emerge red then change to green.

Cyperus albostriatus
Cyperus albostriatus
£6.50
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Dwarf Umbrella Plant

A low-growing relative of the Papyrus, this makes good groundcover for the edges of a pond in mild gardens.

Cyperus involucratus 'Nanus'
Cyperus involucratus 'Nanus'
£6.50
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This striking grass related to the Egyptian Papyrus makes a neat plant with a umbrella shaped whorl of bracts.

Cyperus papyrus
Cyperus papyrus
£6.50
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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.

Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus (parviflorus)
Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus (parviflorus)
£6.50
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Dobo Lily

Dainty bulbous plant from S. Africa with small tubular orange for most of the year. Nice long flowering pot plant. Protect from hot sun. Min temp 2C.

Dahlia coccinea
£6.50
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Lovely species with dark green foliage and delicate, single red flowers from mid-late summer. Seed raised so may vary from the true species, but the foliage suggests a good likeness.

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