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jools6jools6 Posts: 62

hi wondered what are the best plants to introduce to our garden that have that tropical exotic feel , that are to survive in our climate with out to much fuss. we already have a few palms , ferns but a splash of colour would be nice. its a new bit of the garden that i'm trying to create .



  • Busy-LizzieBusy-Lizzie Posts: 23,863

    Crocosmia Lucifer is bright red and hardy. Red Hot pokers, Kniphofia, have a sort of hot look. Cannas look bright and have a very tropical look, but you have to store them over winter, rather like dahlias.

    Dordogne and Norfolk. Clay in Dordogne, sandy in Norfolk.
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,953

    Julia, have a look here 

    Will Giles has created an amazing exotic garden here in Norfolk image

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.

  • jools6jools6 Posts: 62

    thanks dovefromabove what fantastic gardenimage

  • jools6jools6 Posts: 62

    and thanks blairs verdun and busy-lizzie sorryimage

  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    agree with Jools. What a stunning garden. Thanks Dove. I'd love to create something similar , but we have so much wind ,it's beyond contemplation unfortunately.


  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,877

    The large leafed hostas look tropical , but are as tough as old boots. Ricinus ( castor oil plant) come easily from seed and I've overwintered some in the garage this winter. Many of the larger dahlias have a tropical feel too. I grow Dahlia Imperialis, which hasn't flowered with me , but gets over 2m high every year and has bamboo like foliage.

  • jools6jools6 Posts: 62


    didn't know you could grow castor oil plant easily from seed can you get them from regular garden centre or a sepcialist.

  • FairygirlFairygirl Posts: 54,904

    Fatsias look great in that sort of situation as they have tropical looking foliage but are pretty tough and easy to grow, and give a good backdrop to other colours. If your soil's suitable, rhododendrons have good sized flowers and the bright red or pink ones could work well.

    It's a place where beautiful isn't enough of a word....

    I live in west central Scotland - not where that photo is...
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