Mandevilla laxa

Seeds from Chiltern seeds, sown into plastic plug pots, Genus: Mandevilla Species: suaveolens Family Name: Apocynaceae Synonym: Mandevilla laxa Seed Catalogue No.: 845 English Name(s): Chilean Jasmine Hardiness: Half Hardy Lifecycle: Perennial Type: Climber Colour: White Cream

Musa ensete

Six seeds soaked for three days and then sown into individual coir pots. Genus: Musa Species: ensete Family Name: Musaceae Synonym: Ensete ventricosum Seed Catalogue No.: 887A English Name(s): Abyssinian Banana, Banana Hardiness: Half Hardy Lifecycle: Perennial Suitable for: Summer Bedding

Perovskia blue spire

5 cm pot purchased at Wilko, for £3.00. Perovskia are deciduous subshrubs with aromatic, deeply divided, grey-green leaves and large, open panicles of small tubular blue flowers from late summer Named after the type of landscape (taiga - coniferous forest region lying between tundra and steppe) the original species might…

Hypericum hidcote

Small 5 cm pot plant purchased at Wiko's Details 'Hidcote' is a small bushy semi-evergreen shrub with narrowly ovate leaves. Flowers saucer-shaped, to 7.5cm in width, bright yellow with orange anthers. Genus: Hypericum Species: hidote Family Name: Hypericaceae Synonym: Hypericum vulgare English Name(s): Common St. John's Wort Hardiness: Hardy Lifecycle:…

Sensitive Plant

MIMOSA PUDICA Sensitive Plant This plant, found growing in Southern Italy, actually moves. It’s difficult to resist gently touching the leaves and watching them fold up in front of your very eyes. It’s thought the plant does this to look unappetising by ‘playing dead’ to protect itself from grazing animals.…

Chocolate Vine

Akebia quinata Chocolate Vine   A native of Japan, this is a hardy climber, very vigorous, with fragrant, chocolate-purple flowers followed by sausage-shaped edible fruits. 40ft (12m). Seeds from Chiltern Seeds. Seven seeds soaked overnight and sown into coir pots. Genus: Akebia Species: quinata Family Name: Lardizabalaceae Seed Catalogue No.: 67…

Tithonia rotundifolia Yellow Torch

Tithonia rotundifolia Yellow Torch They form large, compact plants and produce their single, Dahlia-like flowers very freely from July to October. Seeds from Chiltern Seeds.  Ten sown into individual coir pots. Genus: Tithonia Species: rotundifolia Variety: 'Yellow Torch' Family Name: Compositae/Asteraceae Seed Catalogue No.: 1250W English Name(s): Mexican Sunflower Hardiness:…

Mirabilis jalapa

Mirabilis jalapa Red Glow This is an outstanding variety of the Four O'Clock plant with an abundance of really bright red flowers which evenings (after 4 o'clock!) and early mornings will release a delicate fragrance in the plot. 2ft (60cm) Genus: Mirabilis Species: jalapa Variety: 'Red Glow' Family Name: Nyctaginaceae…