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  1. The handsome Chusan palm is a hardy evergreen palm with wonderful, fan-shaped, dark green leaves.

    Trachycarpus fortunei

    Chinese Windmill Palm, Chusan Palm,
    €2.94
    The handsome Chusan palm is a single-stemmed evergreen palm with wonderful, fan-shaped, dark green leaves. They make beautiful container plants and make a great accent which fits well into small areas like courtyards and entries.
  2. Strelitzia reginae

    Strelitzia reginae

    The Bird of Paradise
    €2.70

    Out of stock

    The unusually beautiful shape and brilliant colors of Birds of Paradise have made these flowers not just a designer's favorite, but also a popular symbol of paradise. The plant bears a unique flower that resembles a brightly coloured bird in flight, the fascinating blooms make wonderful, long lasting cut flowers.
  3. Ricinus communis Impala grows to a reasonable garden height of around 90 to 120cm (3 to 4ft).
    €2.34

    Ricinus communis is fast growing, tall and dramatic with huge leaves and interesting flower spikes that add drama to borders and beds. 'Impala' grows to a reasonable garden height of around 90 to 120cm with gorgeous copper-red palmate leaves with vibrant red veins.

  4. Ricinus communis var. gibsonii is a compact variety with gorgeous dark red, metallic foliage.

    Ricinus communis is one of the best ways to quickly create a tropical effect in the garden. This remarkably architectural, fast growing plant. The huge leaves and interesting flower spikes add drama to borders and beds. The variety, gibsonii grows to around 150cm with gorgeous dark red, metallic foliage.

  5. Ricinus communis 'Zanzibarensis'
    €2.34

    This is a new and rather spectacular version of the Castor Oil Plant. Ricinus communis 'Zanzibarensis' is a fast growing, palm tree-like plant, it sports large green leaves and would be a splendid specimen for the back of the border. Be warned ... this remarkably architectural plant can grow up to 12 ft tall.

  6. Ricinus communis 'Carmencita'
    €2.52

    Ricinus communis 'Carmencita' is an outstanding new variety with shiny dark brown foliage. The palmate leaves have deeply incised lobes and grow 30 to 75cm (12 to 30in) across. The plants have red stems and in late summer clusters of bright red blooms are followed by stunning scarlet seeds pods.

  7. One passion flower that always gets a lot of attention is the Giant Granadilla Passiflora quadrangularis.

    Passiflora quadrangularis

    Giant Passionflower, Passionfruit, Granadilla.
    €2.70
    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.
  8. Passiflora mollissima produces beautiful pink flowers and edible 10cm long yellow fruits.

    Passiflora mollissima

    Passionflower, Passionfruit, Granadilla
    €2.70
    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.
  9. 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.

  10. 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.
  11.  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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.
  16. Luffa cylindrica

    Luffa cylindrica

    Vegetable Gourd. Aka Loofah or Loofa
    €2.34

    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.

  17. Kniphofia uvaria 'New Hybrids'

    Kniphofia uvaria 'New Hybrids'

    Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily
    €1.86

    Out of stock

    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.

  18. 'Border Ballet' includes some bold colours, but also the versatile softer colours.

    Kniphofia uvaria 'Border Ballet'

    Red Hot Poker, Torch Lily
    €1.74

    Out of stock

    Like many of the best ballet dancers, this cultivar is elegant and full of stamina. 'Border Ballet' includes some bold colours, but also the versatile softer colours which are often more suitable to modern schemes. A particularly floriferous strain that is a bit shorter and neater than other varieties.

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

    Gunnera manicata

    Giant Rhubarb
    €2.22

    Out of stock

    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
  20. 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.

  21. 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

  22. 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.

  23. 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.

  24. 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.

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