Cantua buxifolia (Inca bells) is a showstopper in spring with its dazzling clusters of tubular orange to magenta flowers that attract nectar-seeking birds. Growing to around 1,5m high and wide, it has small, grey-green leaves. After the spring flush, it flowers sporadically during summer and autumn.
Growing tips: It can be planted in sun or light shade in well-drained fertile soil. Water it regularly. Cut back hard after flowering, otherwise it gets lanky. Flowers are produced on the previous season’s wood so trimming should only be done after flowering.
What Leoné likes: “Its loose growth habit adds a new dimension to a mixed border.” Plant it among summer-flowering shrubs that will support it.