Mar­ket­place Prod­ucts, plants, books

This month’s pick of the bunch for gar­den lovers na­tion­wide

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For a trop­i­cal look with colour­ful leaves and brightly coloured flow­ers, you can’t go past the Canna Trop­i­canna se­ries. Trop­i­canna Black (top left) has pur­ple and black leaves and scar­let or­ange flow­ers, while Trop­i­canna Gold (left) fea­tures boldly striped lime-green and gold leaves and yel­low-edged, soft or­ange flow­ers. The orig­i­nal Trop­i­canna (above) has vi­brant leaves in red, pink, green and gold stripes, and tan­ger­ine flow­ers. Suitable for pots or gar­den beds in full sun or semi-shade, they grow 1.2m tall in the first year then up to 1.6m, and tol­er­ate light frost. Leaves die down over win­ter. tes­se­

The green and white fo­liage of Liri­ope ‘Ok­ina’ lights up shady ar­eas and, in spring, is set off by mus­cari-like laven­der-pur­ple flow­ers. The new leaves are white and even­tu­ally turn green but since new white growth con­tin­u­ally ap­pear, the at­trac­tive var­ie­ga­tion looks good year-round. Plants grow to about 35cm tall and wide. They like acid to neu­tral soil in a dry­ish po­si­tion in semi-shade or shade. Like most liri­ope, this plant is wa­ter­wise once es­tab­lished but needs some wa­ter in dry spells.

Os­teosper­mum 3D Ba­nana Shake (Os­teosper­mum eck­lo­nis) has two-tone flow­ers with slightly raised cen­tres that look like pom­poms. This is one of 11 colours in the new 3D range, which have been bred to not close in the evening. Best in full sun, plants grow 30–40cm tall, mak­ing a 50cm-wide mound, and flower from spring to early au­tumn. bal­laus­

Ideal for cot­tage gar­dens, Ly­ch­nis flos-cu­culi ‘Petite Jenny’ is a dwarf form of Ly­ch­nis ‘Jenny’, with a suc­ces­sion of dou­ble, soft pink flow­ers above com­pact green fo­liage. The flow­ers at­tract but­ter­flies and bees and are suitable for cut­ting. The fo­liage grows to 30–40cm tall, while the flower stems grow up to 60cm in height in early sum­mer through to au­tumn in full sun to semi-shade. planter­

The new kan­ga­roo paw Anigozan­thos ‘Kings Park Royale’ fea­tures unique pur­ple and red flow­ers. With its dwarf habit, grow­ing to only 60–70cm in height, it is well suited to pots and tubs. It is drought-hardy once es­tab­lished and likes a sunny, well-drained po­si­tion. Flow­ers ap­pear late win­ter to early sum­mer.

Midyim berry bush (Aus­tromyr­tus dul­cis) is one of the eas­i­est bush tucker plants to grow. It has a pro­fu­sion of white speck­led berries, about the size of a blue­berry, in late sum­mer and au­tumn. Plants have the added at­trac­tion of bur­gundy-bronze new growth, which ap­pears when the plants are trimmed, mak­ing them per­fect as a small hedge. They grow 50cm–1m tall and 1.5m wide in full sun or semi-shade. tucker­

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