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  1. Abutilon flowers in a range of colours, from bright red and oranges, to lovely pinks pastels and whites.
    €2.34

    Seldom offered as seed, Abutilon x hybridum is a popular group of hybrids that are frost-tender shrubs typically growing 60 to 90cm tall. The lantern-like buds open to solitary, pendulous, bell shaped flowers up to 8cm in diameter.

  2. Acoelorrhaphe wrightii a small to moderately tall palm with several, upright, slender trunks which form attractive tight clumps, clustered at the base
    €2.34

    Out of stock

    Acoelorrhaphe wrightii is native to Florida and parts of the Caribbean, this striking fan palm is small to moderately tall. Hardy to -6°C (20°F) it is one of just a few palms that can survive in saturated soil conditions. A good outdoor palm for a milder areas and a very tropical alternative to a hedge of shrubs.

  3. Brugmansia sanguinea 'Red Datura'

    Brugmansia sanguinea 'Red Datura'

    Angels Trumpet, Tree Datura, Eagle Tree.
    €3.54

    Brugmansia sanguinea is of the pure species of brugmansia and quite a rare plant. With its abundance of vibrant fiery red blooms, the elegant, trumpet-shaped flowers starting out yellow blend into a burst of brilliant red and makes an exciting addition to any garden or conservatory.

  4. Ylang-Ylang which means 'flowers of flowers', and is among the most celebrated flowering trees in the world.

    Cananga odorata 'Ylang-Ylang'

    The Perfume Tree, Alangilang, Ilang Ilang.
    €2.58

    Out of stock

    These rare seeds are for the world famous Cananga odorata tree. 'Ylang-Ylang' which means 'flowers of flowers', and is among the most celebrated flowering trees in the world. The blossoms are distilled to obtain 'cananga oil' which is used to manufacture the world famous Chanel No. 5.

  5. Canna indica is a superb tall strain with gorgeous foliage and bright vermillion blooms.

    Canna indica

    Canna Lily
    €2.10

    Out of stock

    Canna indica is a superb tall strain with gorgeous foliage and bright vermilion red blooms. Growing to around 150cm tall, the wide banana-like leaves add a tropical feel to the garden. They are ideal to plant at the back of a border where they are in full sun, or to add colour to a partly shady area.

  6. With their lush tropical foliage and showy flowers, Canna make borders and beds come alive with their bright colours all summer long until first frosts.
    €3.54

    Canna 'Large Flowered Hybrids' create an undeniably tropical look, producing large flowers in hot colours in yellow, gold, fiery orange and red. With their lush tropical foliage and showy flowers they make borders and beds come alive with their bright colours all summer long until first frosts.

  7. Cardiocrinum giganteum, 'Giant Yunnan Lily'

    Cardiocrinum giganteum, 'Giant Yunnan Lily'

    Syn: Lilium giganteum var. yunnanense
    €3.36

    Cardiocrinum giganteum is a truly spectacular plant, which produces glorious vanilla scented, trumpet-like flowers on stems up two to three metres tall. Most gardeners agree growing this rare beauty is well worth the wait. I suppose you do have to be patient to be a gardener. We all know the longer we must wait for a beauty, the more we treasure it.

  8. Coleus blumei 'Wizard Mixed'

    Starting at: €1.74

    The 'Wizard' Series is an excellent example of the new developments of coleus, it is the best seed raised strain for bedding and containers. From the brilliant apricot-bronze Sunset, to red-veined maroon Velvet Red, each is a distinctive work of art. The heart-shaped leaves show their colour early and keeps its hues right through the worst summer heat and humidity. Available in single colours or as a mix.

  9. Cordyline australis 'Atropurpureum'
    €2.10

    Cordyline Atropurpureum make a strong vertical shapes, the deep purple colouring contrasts well with silver foliage and can be an excellent foil for the lush foliage of other exotica. They look equally at home in more conventional and hardy ornamental borders.

  10. Cordyline australis ‘Cornish Palm’
    €1.74

    The 'Cornish Palms' make fantastic points in containers or borders: their evergreen leaves provide interest throughout the year. The long slender leaves and a slow-growing trunk make this an architectural plant that lends itself to modern interiors.

  11. Cordyline indivisa ‘Mountain Cabbage Tree’
    €1.98

    Cordyline indivisa is a rare and beautiful high altitude species from New Zealand. This attractive and distinctive species is rarely cultivated, but is occasionally offered by specialist nurseries. It can be distinguished from all other Cordyline species by its very broad blue-grey leaves

  12. Echium russicum is a remarkable species from Russia it has a unique flower colour for its genus.
    €2.34

    For anyone who wants something different for the border next year, I should like to introduce Echium russicum. A remarkable hardy species that has a unique flower colour for its genus. In July to August multiple throngs of striking upright spires, bearing crimson flowers emerge from a basal rosette of hairy leaves.

  13. Gunnera is one of the biggest and most spectacular, architectural, herbaceous plants, commonly thought of as giant rhubarb.

    Gunnera manicata

    Giant Rhubarb
    €2.22
    Gunnera is one of the biggest and most spectacular, architectural, herbaceous plants. With gigantic, deeply lobed, deep green leaves, they look best standing as specimen plants or beside a large pond where the reflections reveal the undersides of the leaves
  14. Kniphofia uvaria 'New Hybrids'

    Kniphofia uvaria 'New Hybrids'

    Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily
    €1.86

    The Kniphofia hybrids have extended both the flower colour and height range. The usual fiery reds and oranges work particularly well in a planting scheme based on 'hot' colours - use them to light up sultry August borders. The cooler yellow, cream, ivory and sometimes green flowers is more restful.

  15. Luffa cylindrica

    Luffa cylindrica

    Vegetable Gourd. Aka Loofah or Loofa
    €2.34

    Out of stock

    Luffa acutangula is a very versatile plant. As a vegetable, the leaves can be eaten in a salad, the very young gourds, known as Chinese Okra they taste like aubergine. The matured dried gourd develops into a fibrous netting. It is an excellent sponge and makes a wonderful exfoliator.

  16. Climate change is partly responsible for this plant's popularity, but just as significant is our increasing sense of adventure as gardeners.
    €3.90
    The lush growth, coupled with the large, glaucous leaves of Melianthus major has made it as fashionable as tree ferns. If you don't want to mimic the rain forest, try growing it amongst slender-leaved grasses and perennials. The plants add texture and provide a good background to bright colours in the garden.
  17. Musa acuminata

    Musa acuminata

    Dwarf Banana, Chinese Banana
    €2.34

    The development of bananas is a source of both pride and amazement to those unfamiliar with banana culture. Musa acuminata is a 'dwarf variety' with broad, long, graceful leaves, and is extremely suitable for containers or gardens.

  18. Musa balbisiana

    Musa balbisiana

    It has no common name
    €2.94

    Out of stock

    Musa Balbisiana is a fruit bearing variety and one of the progenitors of the present-day commercial bananas. The clumps of lush, dark foliage make it ideal for creating a jungle landscape. It develops large colourful inflorescence of bright red and maroon.

  19. Musa ornata

    Musa ornata

    Purple Flowering or Ornamental Banana
    €2.70

    Out of stock

    Musa ornata is a very attractive ornamental banana plant with tropical flair. A small plant that produces long, glaucous-green, oblong leaves and a gorgeous purple inflorescence in summer. It makes a much more manageable plant than other species and is extremely suitable for containers and well suited for indoor use.
  20.  The leaves are a darker glossy green, with new leaves producing a lovely pink flush to the underside.

    Musa sikkimensis

    Himalayan, Darjeeling or Sikkim Hardy Banana
    €3.54

    Out of stock

    Musa sikkimensis is still a relatively new plant introduction and is proving to be as hardy as the most popular banana species Basjoo, but I think more attractive and quite spectacular as a large plant. The leaves are a darker glossy green, with new leaves producing a lovely pink flush to the underside.
  21. Passiflora caerulea is also known as the Blue Crown Passion Flower or Hardy Passionflower.

    Passiflora caerulea 'Blue Crown'

    Passionflower, Passionfruit, Granadilla
    €1.98

    Out of stock

    Known as the Blue Crown Passion Flower or Hardy Passionflower. It is an extremely fast growing and beautiful plant. ‘Caerulea’ sparks with 10cm flowers with white petals and blue filaments. It is popular with gardeners because of its intricate, scented flowers that have an almost surreal appearance.
  22. Passiflora edulis 'Purple Giant' is a passionflower that produces very fragrant, unusual flowers.

    Passiflora edulis 'Purple Giant'

    Passionflower, Passionfruit, Granadilla
    €2.34

    A Passiflora that produces very fragrant, unusual flowers. The flowers are white, except the base of the corona which is purple; the filaments are curly, as long as the petals, 5 to 7cm across. The edible fruits possess pleasant flavour, kind of sweet and a little tart.

  23. Passiflora mollissima produces beautiful pink flowers and edible 10cm long yellow fruits.

    Passiflora mollissima

    Passionflower, Passionfruit, Granadilla
    €2.70

    Out of stock

    Passiflora mollissima produces beautiful pink flowers and edible long yellow fruits, like a short banana, which gives the vine its common name. The fruits taste delicious and are considered to be the finest of passionfruit juices; they are used to flavour ice creams, drinks, and cocktails.
  24. One passion flower that always gets a lot of attention is the Giant Granadilla Passiflora quadrangularis.

    Passiflora quadrangularis

    Giant Passionflower, Passionfruit, Granadilla.
    €2.70

    Out of stock

    There are dozens of species of passion vine grown, but one that always gets a lot of attention is the Giant Granadilla Passiflora quadrangularis. One of the most beautiful passionflowers with large, fragrant flowers with deep red petals and a centre crown that contains rows of numerous white and purple rays.

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