your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

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your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Dim » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:42 am

If you were to landscape a new garden in the UK from scratch, and assuming that you were only allowed to plant 12 types .... which 12 hardy exotic tropical plants/shrubs/creepers/trees etc would you have no hesitation in planting that would be hardy in the greater part of the UK (i.e zone 8 )? ....

those that don't need much winter protection?

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Aug 15, 2011 10:59 am

Trachycarpus
Phyllostachys
Fargesia
Arundo Donax
Gunnera
Eucalyptus
Fig
Native Ferns
Chusquea
Pauwlonia
Lobelia Cardinalis
Dahlias

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Post by Trudytropics » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:13 am

Heres mine:-

Yuccas Gloriosa
Fatsia Any type :)
Trachycarpus Fortuneii and Waggy
Phormiums (Yellow wave & Cream delight)
Hakonechloa
Melianthus Major
Gunnera Manicata
Euphorbia Martinii
Bamboos (Phyllo Nigra & phyllo aureosulcata spectablis)
Silk Tree
T Rex
Chamaerops Humilis

Some of these I have, some I would like to have, apologies for lack of flowers, not much experience in blooms dept :lol:

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Conifers » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:34 am

Yorkshire Kris wrote: Native Ferns
They are, by definition, not exotic, nor tropical :wink: :twisted:

My selections (all exotic, admittedly not all tropical):
Pinus ayacahuite
Pinus pinceana
Pinus nelsonii
Pinus culminicola
Pinus engelmannii
Pinus sabiniana
Picea breweriana
Pseudolarix amabilis
Abies spectabilis
Sequoia sempervirens
Cupressus macnabiana
Sciadopitys verticillata
Nageia nagi (doubtfully hardy)
Dacrydium cupressinum
Lagarostrobus franklinii
Podocarpus salignus

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Post by simon » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:43 am

Conifers wrote:They are, by definition, not exotic, nor tropical :wink: :twisted:

My selections (all exotic, admittedly not all tropical):
But there are more than 12.

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Post by Trudytropics » Mon Aug 15, 2011 11:46 am

Simon I noticed Conifers had more than his share :lol: , bet he sneaks into the check out Q for 10 items or less with 13 items :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: .

Very nice selection though I am sure :D

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Conifers » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:04 pm

Conifers are so good, it's impossible to select only 12 :mrgreen: :mrgreen: :mrgreen:

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Post by MikeC » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:04 pm

Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Butia capitata
Chamaerops humilis
Jubaea chilensis
Eucalyptus (various)
Cordyline australis (vanilla and some shocking hybrids!)
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Magnolia (large glossy leaved evergreen varieties)
Rhododendron (various)
Yucca gloriosa
Beschorneria yuccoides
Callistemon (various)

I could add another 12 and still be happy.

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Essex Ross » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:19 pm

In no particular order:-

Trachycarpus Fortunei
Phyllostachys Nigra
Yucca Gloriosa
Magnolia Grandiflora
Matteuccia Struthiopteris
Hibiscus Syriacus
Fatsia Japonica
Aucuba Japonica
Prunus Amanogawa
Araucaria Araucana
Arundo Donax
Phormium Tenax

Could also add Cordyline Australis to this list providing we get a better winter. Everything here should be reliably hardy (bar Phormium Tenax in very bad winters).

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:46 pm

Conifers wrote:
Yorkshire Kris wrote: Native Ferns
They are, by definition, not exotic, nor tropical :wink: :twisted:

My selections (all exotic, admittedly not all tropical):
Pinus ayacahuite
Pinus pinceana
Pinus nelsonii
Pinus culminicola
Pinus engelmannii
Pinus sabiniana
Picea breweriana
Pseudolarix amabilis
Abies spectabilis
Sequoia sempervirens
Cupressus macnabiana
Sciadopitys verticillata
Nageia nagi (doubtfully hardy)
Dacrydium cupressinum
Lagarostrobus franklinii
Podocarpus salignus

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Well neither of us have stuck to the brief!!! :lol: :lol:

I'll swap Native ferns for T Rex then!

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Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Aug 15, 2011 12:49 pm

MikeC wrote:Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Butia capitata
Chamaerops humilis

Jubaea chilensis
Eucalyptus (various)
Cordyline australis (vanilla and some shocking hybrids!)
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Magnolia (large glossy leaved evergreen varieties)
Rhododendron (various)
Yucca gloriosa
Beschorneria yuccoides
Callistemon (various)


I could add another 12 and still be happy.

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These are not all completely hardy without some kind of protection in winters like 210/11

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Conifers » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:20 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote: Well neither of us have stuck to the brief!!! :lol: :lol:
True! :lol: :lol:

But if we really stuck to the brief (hardy: to say -15° or -20°C; exotic: not native to Britain; tropical: originating between 23°26′16″ N and S latitude), there'd be very few we could add! Pinus ayacahuite would be almost the only one. icon_pirat

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Post by stephenprudence » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:26 pm

hmm this is going to difficult.. I might just be naming everything in my garden!

Crassula sarcocaulis
Trachycarpus fortunei (although not particularly good this year)
Yucca gloriosa
Yucca gloriosa variegata
Yucca aloifolia
Delosperma sutherlandii
Delosperma cooperii
Echeveria glauca
Impatiens omeiana
Callistemon rigidus
Crinodendron hookerianum
Euphorbia mellifera

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by Yorkshire Kris » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:28 pm

Echeveria glauca
Are you sure of this one Stephen? Is it really hardy - around minus 10/15?

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Re: your 12 best hardy exotic/tropical plants?

Post by MikeC » Mon Aug 15, 2011 1:36 pm

Yorkshire Kris wrote:
MikeC wrote:Trachycarpus wagnerianus
Butia capitata
Chamaerops humilis

Jubaea chilensis
Eucalyptus (various)
Cordyline australis (vanilla and some shocking hybrids!)
Daphniphyllum macropodum
Magnolia (large glossy leaved evergreen varieties)
Rhododendron (various)
Yucca gloriosa
Beschorneria yuccoides
Callistemon (various)


I could add another 12 and still be happy.

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These are not all completely hardy without some kind of protection in winters like 210/11
If you count winters like 2010, there are no zone 8 regions in the UK bar a few south coast locations.

If we get winters like that most years, there's almost no point, so I'm assuming these winters are one in a 50 year event.

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