Small tropical HARDY plants

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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by jcec1 » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:08 pm

How about, Nandina domestica - 'Fire Power' I've never grown it - but I have seen it elsewhere , it does provide all year interest. There's probably someone on here who can either vouch for or dismiss it.


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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by MikeC » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:21 pm

Or just cover it in Pachysandra Terminalis Green Carpet or Sasa veitchii or Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi. Job done.

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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by The Codfather » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:40 pm

Beautuful......it would cost some money to do 30ft in that..... :lol:
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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by jonny » Wed Feb 16, 2011 3:46 pm

Sasa veitchii would be great although it can be very rampant and be prepared for it to be coming up in the lawn( evan if you do put a barrier around it). This Bamboo is lovely, why does it have to be very invasive? :roll: Indocalamus tessallatus might be a better choice with nice big tropical style leaves?


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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by The Codfather » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:06 pm

thats the end of that one then................I may go with coleus.
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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by MikeC » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:18 pm

Prepare to battle the slugs with Coleus!

And the ground will be bare most of the year.

Bung in some cheap Hebe!

http://www.gardensbycovey.co.uk/detail. ... rc=froogle

For 30ft about 20 plants should do it.


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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by Darlo Mark » Thu Feb 17, 2011 10:16 am

I agree you'll be looking at bare soil for 6 months of the year with coleus.
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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by Nick » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:05 pm

Hi Codfarther, I would go with this one myself, it looks the part with all year interest,it's £9:99 with a £1 off on line discount, but if you want that effect your need to buy at least 20 at £164 or buy 10 and see if you can take cuttings, get them to strike then dot them in between the others once big enough of course

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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by The Codfather » Thu Feb 17, 2011 12:17 pm

which one ??? icon_scratch
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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by Nick » Thu Feb 17, 2011 2:08 pm

Sorry for got to copy and paste the plant for ya :lol: :lol:
Arctostaphylos Uva-ursi or Common Bearberry Shrub

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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by MikeC » Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:17 pm

Arctostaphylos is an interesting genus. As well as the low growing Uva-Ursi there are small evergreen trees with nice leaves, flowers, red bark and fruits such as

Arctostaphylos Pungens

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And Arctostaphylos Glauca

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And loads of others. They are native to western USA.

Never seen one in the UK mind.


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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by MikeC » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:19 am

Getting back to small tropical looking hardy plants, how about

Gardenia jasminoides 'Kleim's Hardy'

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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by The Codfather » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:20 pm

Yeh, thats nice.....is it evergreen too ?
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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by MikeC » Mon Feb 21, 2011 12:21 pm

The Codfather wrote:Yeh, thats nice.....is it evergreen too ?
Yes, low growing and hardy.


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Re: Small tropical HARDY plants

Post by Nick » Mon Feb 21, 2011 1:15 pm

But no good if you have a chalky/lime type soil, unless your going it have it in a pot :lol:

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