24 PLANTS FROM LOWER KEN­NEGGY

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1 Gre­vil­lea rhy­o­lit­ica

A good medium-sized shrub for a shel­tered site that will take light frosts. Flow­ers are pro­duced on pen­dent racemes above ovate fo­liage from late spring into sum­mer, and all year at Lower Ken­neggy. 1-2m. RHS H3†.

2 Aeo­nium ‘Cy­clops’

A dra­matic hy­brid, with long stems topped with dark-pur­ple rosettes, each with a green eye. Pan­i­cles of starry yellow flow­ers are pro­duced in spring. Makes a strik­ing pot plant. 1.5m. RHS H1C.

3 Ti­bouch­ina para­t­rop­ica

Makes nu­mer­ous round, pink flow­ers through the sum­mer. It can die back to the root­stock in colder green­houses over win­ter; oth­er­wise it re­mains shrubby. Re­sents be­ing kept wet. 60cm. RHS H3.

4 Canna ‘Pha­sion’

Won­der­ful fo­liage with pale am­ber stripes on a darker back­ground. Looks bril­liant when back­lit and is a use­ful com­po­nent for an ex­otic ef­fect. Needs good, moist soil. Sold at Lower Ken­neggy as C. ‘Durban’. 2m. AGM*. RHS H3.

5 Pseu­dopanax ‘Chain­saw’

An un­usual up­right shrub raised at Lower Ken­neggy. The dark, bronzed fo­liage has more pro­nounced toothed leaves than the straight species and was shown at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2018. 3m. RHS H3.

6 Gre­vil­lea ju­nipe­rina ‘Mo­lon­glo’

A vig­or­ous, ground­cov­er­ing gre­vil­lea that makes thick car­pets of fine, fresh green leaves. Pro­duces apri­cot-yellow flow­ers from sum­mer on­wards. Re­sents all but spe­cial­ist fer­tiliser. 40cm. RHS H4.

7 Musa basjoo

A hardy ba­nana topped with huge, pad­dle-like leaves. Se­vere frosts will cut it down, though it will re­grow in spring. In­su­late stems in win­ter to main­tain height. 3m. AGM. RHS H2, USDA 5a-10b.

8 Gre­vil­lea ‘Bairns­dale’

Com­pact ev­er­green shrub with rounded habit. Red flow­ers held in densely packed ter­mi­nal racemes are pro­duced sum­mer to au­tumn. One of the most frost -hardy gre­vil­leas. 2m. RHS H2.

9 Fuch­sia x bacil­laris

Small shrubby fuch­sia pro­duc­ing arch­ing stems with small, vi­brant-green leaves and punchy-pink flow­ers. Plant in spring in a shel­tered site to give the best chance of sur­vival in win­ter. 90cm. RHS H4.

10 Agave mon­tana

An Agave from the moun­tains of north­east Mex­ico, which is hardy if planted in free-drain­ing soil and given full sun. Very spiky. 1m. RHS H4.

11 Ner­ine ma­so­nio­rum

A pretty au­tumn-flow­er­ing bulb that thrives in free-drain­ing soil in full sun. Pro­duces spi­der-like flow­ers with wavy edges held atop strong stems. From South Africa. 30cm. AGM. RHS H2.

12 Puya harm­sii

This ter­res­trial bromeliad from the Ar­gen­tinean An­des can be hardy pro­vided it does not sit too wet dur­ing the colder months of the year. It makes large, sil­ver rosettes of stiff, some­times spiky, leaves. 1m. RHS H2.

13 Cor­rea pul­chella ‘Pink Mist’

A com­pact cul­ti­var of the Aus­tralian fuch­sia with larger flow­ers than the straight species. It flow­ers dur­ing the au­tumn and win­ter months. Needs shel­ter in cold re­gions, but is tol­er­ant of salt. 75cm. RHS H3.

14 Gre­vil­lea ‘Bronze Ram­bler’

A strong-grow­ing, prostate gre­vil­lea that makes mounds of at­trac­tive ferny fo­liage. The long flower spikes are a strong rose colour. New growth is tinged bronze. 30cm. RHS H3.

15 Ly­cianthes ranton­netii

A shrubby potato rel­a­tive with large, vi­o­let flow­ers pro­duced on the new growth. It does best when pruned hard back in the spring. Pro­tect dur­ing the win­ter months. 2m. AGM. RHS H3.

16 Ozotham­nus se­lago

A small, un­usual-look­ing shrub from New Zealand with a sprawl­ing habit. It has sil­ver stems and small, scale-like leaves. Best in free-drain­ing soils that see plenty of rain. 40cm. RHS H6.

17 Bud­dleja for­restii

A small tree with large, droop­ing leaves and long, pen­du­lous flower sprays that can reach up to 25cm in length. Flow­ers are pro­duced on the new wood. Hardy once es­tab­lished. 4m. RHS H3.

18 Salvia cor­ru­gata

A late-flow­er­ing South Amer­i­can sage with good, dark fo­liage. Dark-blue flow­ers with pur­ple ca­lyces are pro­duced in Septem­ber. Good both in pots and in the bor­der. 80cm. RHS H3.

19 Uros­per­mum dalechampii

A beau­ti­ful alpine dan­de­lion, com­monly known as smooth golden fleece. The flow­ers, pro­duced dur­ing the sum­mer months, are but­ter-yellow with a dark eye. 40cm. RHS H4.

20 Gre­vil­lea vic­to­riae

Rounded, Aus­tralian shrub with small, ev­er­green leaves. Pro­duces orange-red, spi­dery flow­ers through­out the win­ter months. Dis­likes soil that is too wet or limey, oth­er­wise easy to grow. 1.5m. RHS H4.

21 Roscoea pur­purea f. rubra

A won­der­ful Roscoea from the Hi­malayas, with leek-like fo­liage and good red flow­ers in sum­mer. Needs rich, free-drain­ing soil that doesn’t get too dry in the warmer months. 30cm. RHS H3.

22 Salvia mi­cro­phylla ‘Cerro Po­tosí’

A hardy sage that pro­duces masses of bright­ma­genta flow­ers on the new growth from sum­mer until frosts. Of­ten still in flower well into Novem­ber. It will tol­er­ate heav­ier soils once es­tab­lished. 1m. AGM. RHS H4.

23 Gre­vil­lea x sem­per­flo­rens

This at­trac­tive, medium-sized shrub is nearly al­ways in flower, pro­duc­ing a con­stant sup­ply of apri­cot-pink, spi­dery flow­ers atop fine, spring-green fo­liage. Pro­vide a warm site with acidic, free-drain­ing soil. 2m. RHS H3.

24 Pe­largo­nium sidoides ‘Sloe Gin Fizz’

Pro­duces mounds of soft, sil­very, scal­lop-shaped leaves. Groups of small, vivid, ma­genta-pink flow­ers are held above the fo­liage. Makes an ex­cel­lent pot plant for a frost-free con­ser­va­tory. 30cm. RHS H2.

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