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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Hedychium spicatum
£6.50
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Spiked Ginger Lily

A robust species, emerging late spring then growing vigourously, producing white scented spidery flowers in late summer and autumn. Good soil, sun to part-shade. Mulch in winter.

Heliotropium  arborescens
Heliotropium arborescens
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Cherry Pie Heliotrope

Tender shrub often grown as a bedding plant with heads of deep purple flowers, heavily scented of marzipan in summer. Can be over wintered frost free if desired.

TOXIC TO DOGS AND OTHER ANIMALS

Impatiens sodenii ssp. sodenii v. ugandense
Impatiens sodenii ssp. sodenii v. ugandense
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Shrub Balsam

Strong-growing plant with succulent red stems, fresh green leaves and white 'Busy Lizzie' flowers

Impatiens walleriana
Impatiens walleriana
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Busy Lizzie

The original old fashioned houseplant, a tender perennial with fleshy stems, making an upright or sprawling plant. Large bright pink flowers over a long period. Can be bedded out in the summer, indoors it makes a nice house plant.

Jacaranda mimosifolia
Jacaranda mimosifolia
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A half hardy tree which in the UK is grown mainly for its beautiful, finely cut foliage. It makes a lovely specimen for a pot. Min temp 0C

Jasminum angulare
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Jasmine

Tender evergreen climber from South Africa with very sweetly scented white flowers from summer to autumn. This is not hardy although it can happily be grown in a pot and put outsside for the summer.

Justicia brandegeeana 'Yellow Form'
£7.50
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Yellow Shrimp Plant

Tender evergreen shrub with small tubular white flowers surrounded by yellow coloured bracts which last long after flowers have faded.

Justicia carnea
Justicia carnea
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Brazilian Plume Flower

Tender shrub of open habit with green leaves and spectacular, large plumes of bright pink tubular flowers from mid summer-autumn.

Kalanchoe marmorata
Kalanchoe marmorata
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Kalanchoe pinnata
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Cathedral Bells, Life Plant, Miracle Leaf

Capable of making a tall plant, with the ability to produce baby plants along the edges. Clusters of large pink pendant flowers Keep frost free and out of direct sun under glass.

Kohleria warscewiczii
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A species with tubular pink flowers with flared mouths that are green liberally spotted with purple. From high up in the Colombian Andes so reasonably cold tolerant.

Lachenalia aloides var. aurea
Lachenalia aloides var. aurea
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Half hardy bulbous plant from South Africa with spotted leaves and red and yellow drooping tubular flowers in spring. For a cool greenhouse or a sheltered frost-free garden.

Lampranthus  'Purple'
Lampranthus 'Purple'
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Spreading succulent with grey-green leaves and bright mauve dasies from late spring-summer. Grow in loam based compost with added grit in full sun. Should take a touch of frost but won't like winter wet.

Lampranthus  'Yellow'
Lampranthus 'Yellow'
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Spreading succulent with grey-green leaves and bright yellow daisy-like flowers from late spring-summer. Grow in loam based compost with added grit in full sun. Should take a touch of frost but won't like winter wet.

Lavandula dentata
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Slightly tender species of Lavender with attractively toothed, aromatic green foliage, topped by pale mauve flowers in summer. Hardy to -5C but needs protecting from wet in winter.

Leonotis leonurus
Leonotis leonurus
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Wild Dagga

Shrubby perennial from South Africa with eye-catching orange hairy flowers held in whorls up the stem in late summer. Needs a large pot and winter protection

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