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exotic looking plant ideas please

Hi I am new to gardening please bear with me as I don't know very much at all,

I have a garden that is east south facing but very open so its gets the sun all day until late evening, hence it also gets the wind,  My garden is set up into 5 sections.

At the top is a paved patio area  with a large mature bush, a large cordyline, a mature fuschia shrub.(looking for plants to feed into the gaps between slabs)

the side is a stretch of grass area that I am going to plant 4 cordylines,

the lawn with to the side has another medium sized shrub tree and a bit further down is a medium rose bush,

then there is a large raised bed to be used for succulents, any ideas please

and at the back of this is a woodland area into which I am looking for ideas as to what exotic looking shrubs trees to plant there,

looking for hardy plants with an exotic feel,

thank you



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 14,995

    Fatsia Japonica

    Hostas are hardy and can look exotic, they like shade, but watch out for slugs.

    Cannas for sun, but will have to be dug up and put in the garage for winter.

    Bamboo, ask for ones that don't spread too much.

    There are some good websites to look at.

    Dordogne and Norfolk
  • chickychicky SurreyPosts: 9,257

    I was going to say Fatsia, but Lizzie beat me to it, so i will second her suggestion!  Its very easy (almost foolproof) and looks like it should be i a greenhouse or conservatory!

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  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    I was getting giddy..I know one..alas Fatsia was my answer.

    Maybe have a look at Cardoon.

  • Hi Laura

    I have a Venus Fly Trap, they are quite reasonable to buy and easy to look after. Water with rain water and re-pot using Peat-Moss. They like full sun, hotter the better. I keep mine in the greenhouse on 'active service' But you can dot them around the garden in pots.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    Some of the above but Pseudopanax is not that hardy (-5 at most) so I would not plant in County Durham. The one with the large leaf look is Tetrapanax 'T-Rex' which has leaves over 1 metre. It is hardy, though deciduous after -3C. It bounced back in spring. Fully hardy where you live.

    Rheum, Gunnera manicata, giant butterbur are all jungle giants.
    Look out for Fatsia taiwania (polycarpa 'needham form'). Far more elegant than bog standard Fatsia. Fatsia moseri is the larger leaf variety, so adds to the exotic look quickly over the species one.

    The hardy schefflera are also worthy of any garden and add to the look. Schefflera taiwana rhoddidenrioflora is half-hardy in shelter, possibly lower.

    Cordylines are also a necessary.

    Bananas - musa basjoo is hardy if protected. Ensete's are hardy if you overwinter frost free.

    Trachycarpus winsan and Trachycarpus wagnerianus are the hardiest of the palms.

    I agree on Ferns - Dicksonia Antarctica have massive fronds.

    Begonia like imperialis, dahlia imperialis etc are all good.

    Basically grouping hardy, half hardy and sub-tropical specimen plants will give the look and not the hassle.

  • Tropical SamTropical Sam Posts: 1,488

    "then there is a large raised bed to be used for succulents, any ideas please"

    Agave americana are hardy but only in free draining soil - think 80% grit and perlite to loose soil. Agave americana marginata and Agave americana medio-picta alba and Agave americana medio-picta aurea look great. I have them.

  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 64,574

    Not sure if you've got a damp area, but if you have Rodgersia would be great 

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  • Lupin 1Lupin 1 Posts: 8,916

    Bump up for Laura


     This is what my garden looks like at the min, thank you all and thank you for the bump




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