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Illustrated List: A to Z

Acanthus mollis

hardiness code green With the famous architectural leaf. An herbaceous plant with large very shiny dark green leaves. Up to 4 ft. more…

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Albizia julibrissin rosea

hardiness code green Like a hardy Mimosa with huge bi-pinnate leaves. Deciduous. Very exotic, needs a hot spot to grow well. To about 15 ft. more…

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Aralia elata

hardiness code green Huge bi-pinnate leaves make it extremely architectural. Terribly hardy but unfortunately deciduous. To about 10 ft. more…

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Blechnum chilense

hardiness code amber By far the most distinctive of our few reliably hardy evergreen ferns. Looks like seersucker, grows to 3 ft or more. more…

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Butia capitata

hardiness code red A proper Palm Tree from Argentina - known to be perfectly hardy west of Torquay. Not known by enough people! How about Islington? more…

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Canna indica

hardiness code red Exotic banana-like herbaceous plant to about 5 ft, bright red and yellow flowers in late summer, beloved by French roundabout designers. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Canna iridiflora

hardiness code red A huger version of the Canna indica for summer bedding or pot, with shocking pink flowers. 8 ft in a year - hardy in mild areas. Screaming exotica. more…

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Chamaerops humilis

hardiness code amber Surprisingly hardy if well sited. The only native European palm. Better than Trachycarpus in a windy spot. To about 5ft x 5ft. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Cycas revoluta

hardiness code red Somewhere between a Tree Fern and a Palm Tree. Hardy in a few warm spots, especially central London. Good in a pot. more…

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Dicksonia antarctica

hardiness code red Utter beauty for shady conservatories and mild gardens (including 0207 Land). Our most universally revered plant. Gosh. more…

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  • 3 litre : £12.50

Echium pininiana

hardiness code red Grow this and die happy. The Tree Echium from La Palma Island is another example of screaming exotica. Triennial to 8 ft with 12 ft flowers. more…

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Eriobotrya japonica

hardiness code amber The best and easiest large leafed evergreen small tree for British gardens. Pale green shuttlecocks, spring and autumn. To 12 ft. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Fatsia japonica

hardiness code green Evergreen shrub, growing to about 10ft maximum. Can be pruned into an impressive single trunked little tree, or left shrubby. Ivy-like flowers in the autumn. more…

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Ficus carica

hardiness code green Hardy, architectural, deciduous and, if in the right spot, delicious. Enormous lobey leaves. more…

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  • 3 litre : £12.50

Gunnera manicata

hardiness code green Great brute of a thing with monster leaves 6 ft across in wet and shady places. in winter (total collapse situation) more…

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Hedera canariensis

hardiness code green A huge shiny-leafed species that's hardy and easy. Splendid vigorous ground cover or climber. Very jungly. more…

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Hedychium coccineum 'Tara'

hardiness code amber The best 'all round' Ginger Lily, we now micropropagate it. Jungly leaves to 5ft with strong orange, mildly fragrant, flowers in September. Root hardy. more…

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Magnolia delavayi

hardiness code amber Huge evergreen leaves. Mere words cannot do this wonderful Chinese tree justice - and a lime lover! Always in short supply. more…

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Magnolia grandiflora

hardiness code green Another ESSENTIAL evergreen tree. Big glossy leaves, huge smelly white flowers. Best as a free standing tree, not the traditional wall shrub. To 30 ft. more…

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Magnolia macrophylla

hardiness code green An awesome thing. Vast leaves over 2 ft long. Deciduous, grows to 30 ft. Always in short supply. Nature, once again, in absurd mode. Lime hater. more…

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Melianthus major

hardiness code red A much loved evergreen (or blue) shrub (6 ft) with huge and deeply cut leaves. Cut back by severe frost, recovers rapidly. Grows like mad in the autumn. more…

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Musa basjoo

hardiness code amber Implausible though it sounds - a (root) hardy Banana. To 10 ft every year in our Exotic Frost Pocket, protected in winter with chimney pots. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Paulownia tomentosa

hardiness code green Vigorous young trees, cut down in the spring will grow 8 ft and produce soft leaves 2 ft across, in one season. A Summer Jungle Plant. more…

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Phoenix canariensis

hardiness code red Elegant waving fronds straight from the Riviera. Hardy in parts of London, Falmouth, Sydney etc. Big plant, Marvellous plant. more…

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Prunus laurocerasus

hardiness code green Well known as a hedge but we grow it as a tree . Fragrant white flowers in April. Grows to 15 ft. Tough as old boots and very pretty. more…

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Rhus typhina

hardiness code green Small deciduous tree (12 ft) with wonderful huge soft pinnate leaves. Dead common - but why can't more plants like this be dead common? more…

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Sasa palmata

hardiness code green Jungly, large leafed, hardy Bamboo. Grows to 8 ft. Thoroughly ill mannered (rampant) and everyone loves it. Can be confined to a pot with great success. more…

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Trachycarpus fortunei

hardiness code green Ridiculously frost hardy but please don't try to grow it on the seafront. Many sizes - the big ones with stripped trunks. ESSENTIAL. more…

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Vitis cognetiae

hardiness code green An excellent jungly climber with very large leaves. Very hardy, happy in sun or shade. Unfortunately deciduous, but a fine display of colour in the autumn. more…

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Woodwardia radicans

hardiness code red An irresistible evergreen fern that spreads by producing new little fernettes at the ends of its 6 ft fronds. Tender. An excellent indoor plant. more…

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Zantedeschia aethiopica 'Crowborough'

hardiness code amber Dark green leaves and immaculate white flowers to 2 ft or more. Just as happy in damp shade as dry sun. Good in a pot too! more…

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  • 7.5 litre : £24.50
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