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2 great plants to give you attractive flowers in late Autumn

Buy Viburnum tinus 'Eve Price' online in the UK

If you are looking for something that will flower in late Autumn, perhaps think about planting the shrubby Viburnum tinus for height and the herbaceous Liriope muscari for the shady base. Viburnum tinus – Hailing from the Mediterranean region, Viburnum … Continue reading

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It’s time to grow the beautiful Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)

It’s time to grow the beautiful Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper bush)

I discovered this absolute gem of a late winter, early spring flowering shrub at a local garden centre this time last year and have absolutely fallen in love with it! Edgeworthia chrysantha, also known as the ‘paper bush’, is a … Continue reading

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Overwintering borderline exotic tubers such as Cannas and Dahlias

Lobelia cardinalis & Canna Pretoria in the Exotic Garden

Although it’s now late October many of the more tender plants are still looking excellent here at the Exotic Garden in Norwich, with two plants in particular growing really well, enjoying the cooler days and nights – the Dahlias and … Continue reading

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How to brighten up your windowsill using bulbs this winter

Buy Narcissus Paper White (PaperWhite) Online in the UK

Nothing like a few bulbs to brighten up those dull winter days…! At this time of year I always like to plant some winter flowering bulbs in pots to brighten up the house on those fast approaching short days. A … Continue reading

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Protecting our tender exotics for winter & 7 things to do right now!

Jamie Overwintering the bananas in the Exotic Garden

Like it or not, the winter is fast approaching, and though we exoticist’s don’t really like to think about it, never-the-less, we must, and now is the time to prepare for the cold days to come. Image: Jamie Spooner wrapping … Continue reading

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Top Tips for keeping the tropical feel to your garden this Autumn

Coleus Hybrid against Colocasia esculenta

This week, our in-house gardening expert Will Giles gives us some handy tips and ideas for keeping that tropical feeling in our gardens whilst heading into Autumn. (Image: Coleus Hybrid against Colocasia esculenta) What a glorious time of year this … Continue reading

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Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ – Green Sulcus Bamboo

Phyllostachys-aureosulcata-'Spectabilis'-Green-Sulcus-Bamboo

Buy Phyllostachys aureosulcata ‘Spectabilis’ or Green Sulcus Bamboo. Phyllostachys in general are attractive, tall, clump-forming, evergreen bamboos with canes (culms) grooved on alternate sides between the nodes, and usually with two leafy branches at each node. Phyllostachys aureosulcata f. spectabilis … Continue reading

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Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ or Cabbage Palm ‘Red Star’

Cheap Cordyline australis 'Red Star' Cabbage Palm 'Red Star'

Cordyline australis ‘Red Star’ is a native to New Zealand and Australia, and is very fast growing indeed, up to 7m x 1.5m in ideal conditions, though more like 1-3m here in the UK if we have mild winters! It … Continue reading

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Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ – Japanese Silver Grass

Cheap Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ - Japanese Silver Grass

Miscanthus sinensis ‘Morning Light’ or Japanese Silver Grass. Miscanthus can be deciduous or evergreen, depending on the severity of the winter. This popular grass grows to about 1m x 50cm wide. It has a tufted, spreading habit with erect stems … Continue reading

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Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ or Variegated Japanese Sedge

Cheap Carex oshimensis 'Evergold' or Variegated Japanese Sedge Buy Online

Carex oshimensis ‘Evergold’ or Variegated Japanese Sedge. A highly attractive and very alluring ornamental tufty grass native to New Zealand, forming clumps of low compact mounds to about 30cm tall of golden, arched, linear leaves with dark green margins. It … Continue reading

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