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I have just been given a Nerium Oleander which has an unusual double pink scented flower.  I have been told by friends that this is not a hardy shrub but according to the planting instructions, these are to do just that, plant outside.  I live in the South West of the  Dordogne.  Could anyone advise me if this plant can be put in my garden?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,030

    That depends on how frosty your bit of the Dordogne gets in winter as it will only withstand very light frosts.    You could plant it in a sheltered spot and cover it with a couple of layers of garden fleece in winter to give an extra 2 or 3 degrees of protection.

    Have a look here for info on the group of plants - http://www.kew.org/science-conservation/plants-fungi/nerium-oleander-oleander  and here for more on named plants - https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/Search-Results?form-mode=false&query=nerium%20oleander 

     

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  • madpenguinmadpenguin Isle of WightPosts: 2,433

    My Oleander has been outside in a pot for 10 years in all kinds of weather.

    I am on the Isle of Wight so not as cold as 'oop norrth'.

    You are in the southern part of France so would assume temperatures would be OK?

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  • ObelixxObelixx Vendée, Western FrancePosts: 28,030

    Parts of the Charente and Dordogne get -15C in January/Feb so can't assume an oleander will be OK outside.

    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • I've had 3 of them in terracotta pots on my patio for 5 years, happy as Larry and produce a good show of flowers.  Luckily it's a south-facing garden in East Anglia and they are placed in front of the house wall for added protection.

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