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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Elettaria cardamomum
Elettaria cardamomum
£7.50
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Cardamom

This is the plant which the true Cardamom pods come from. The leaves are very aromatic too and exude the fragrance of cardamom when bruised. It makes an attractive houseplant or specimen for a conservatory in its own right. 

Epiphyllum  'German Empress'
Epiphyllum 'German Empress'
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Syn 'Deutsche Kaiserin'. Reported to be a more robust form of Disocactus (Nopalxochia) phyllanthoides. On mature plants masses of pink flowers, up to 10 cm long, appear on long trailing stems in spring and summer.

Image believed to be correct

Erythrina crista-galli
£6.50
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Cockspur Coral Tree

A small tree in its native South America, here it makes a shrub to around ten feet with prickly stems from which hang racemes of red flowers in summer. Needs a sheltered spot away from hard frosts.

Euryops chrysanthemoides
Euryops chrysanthemoides
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Tender shrubby perennial with shiny green leaves and clusters of large, long-stalked bright yellow daisies summer to autumn.

Euryops pectinatus
Euryops pectinatus
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A half-hardy shrubby perennial with grey to green leaves and clusters of large, bright yellow daisies summer to autumn.

Freylinia tropica
Freylinia tropica
£6.50
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Honey Bell Bush

Despite its specific name this shrub is pretty tough, taking temperatures down to just above freezing with no problem, so it would probably survive in mild gardens as a mature plant. Small pale mauve flowers appear mainly in summer.

Fuchsia procumbens
£6.50
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Trailing Fuchsia

An unusual spreading/trailing fuchsia with small green leaves yellow upward-facing flowers with red stamens and blue pollen. Can be used as a mat-forming plant for the front of a border or it will trail over edge or a pot, basket or low wall

Furcraea longaeva
Furcraea longaeva
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Giant Furcraea

Related to the Agave, and with a similar habit (though less spiny!), this much sought after plant grows for several (many) years before producing a giant flower spike up to 40 foot tall.

Galvezia speciosa
Galvezia speciosa
£6.50
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Island Snapdragon

From the Channel Islands of California, this unusual half-hardy to hardy shrub has masses of vivid red flowers in summer. Ideal for a sunny Mediterranean or tropical style garden.

Geranium maderense
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Giant Herb Robert

Stunning Geranium from Madeira with a huge dome of mid pink flowers and dark pink eye, early-mid summer. A specimen for an exotic garden. Needs winter protection

Geranium maderense 'Guernsey White'
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Giant Herb Robert

The white form of this Geranium from Madeira with a huge dome of white flowers early-mid summer. A specimen for an exotic garden. Needs winter protection

Gloxinia nematanthodes 'Evita'
Gloxinia nematanthodes 'Evita'
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A member of the Gesneriad family, forming spreading mounds of fresh green leaves which set off the beautiful vivid orange-red tubular flowers. May be hardy in a sheltered garden in very well drained soil and a thick mulch to protect the underground tubers. If in doubt overwinter indoors. Can also be grown as a trailing houseplant.

Habranthus robustus
Habranthus robustus
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Rain Lily

Robust bulbous plant with beautiful funnel-shaped pink flowers in summer. Borderline hardy.

Hardenbergia violacea
Hardenbergia violacea
£7.50
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Native Sarsaparilla, Coral Pea

Climber with dainty purple pea-like flowers from late winter-early summer. Hardy in frost free areas otherwise grow in a heated conservatory.

Hardenbergia violacea 'Alba'
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Native Sarsaparilla, White Coral Pea

Climber with dainty white pea-like flowers from late winter-early summer. Hardy in frost free areas otherwise grow in a heated conservatory.

Haworthia cymbiformis
Haworthia cymbiformis
£6.50
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Cathedral Window Haworthia

A neat speices forming clusters of fresh green rosettes of very fleshy translucent leaves. From South Africa.

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