24 PLANTS FROM LOWER KENNEGGY
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.