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Justicia brandegeeana


Justicia can be evergreen perennials or shrubs, with simple leaves and spikes or clusters of tubular, 2-lipped flowers often with conspicuous bractsJ. brandegeeana is a lax evergreen shrub to 1m in height, with ovate leaves and compact arching spikes composed of conspicuous overlapping pink bracts and small tubular white flowers borne over a long period
Common Name: shrimp plant
Family: Acanthaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Hardiness: H1b (heated greenhouse – subtropical)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.5-1 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite and glasshouse whitefly
Pruning: Pruning group 9
Spreadid: West-facing
Time to ultimate height: 5-10 years
Exposure: Grow under glass or in a sheltered frost-free environment. Pinch out tips to promote compact plants. Best replaced when they become leggy
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

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Ipheion ‘Alberto Castillo’


Ipheion are small bulbous perennials with onion-scented, narrowly strap-shaped leaves and sweet-scented star-shaped flowers in late winter and spring’Alberto Castillo’ is a deciduous perennial to 20cm tall, with narrow light green leaves and white flowers 4cm wide, each petal with a faint green central stripe, flowering in late winter and spring
Common Name: starflower ‘Alberto Castillo’
Family: Alliaceae
Color flower: White in Winter
Hardiness: H4 (hardy – average winter)
Color foliage: Pale Green in Spring and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Susceptible to damage by slugs and snails
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Plant 8cm deep in autumn in moderately fertile, humus-rich, well-drained soil that does not dry out. Provide protective winter mulch in colder areas. In containers best grown in loam based compost such as John Innes No. 2 with added leafmould and grit. Under glass grow in bright filtered light
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Patio/Container Plants

This wonderful flower are perfect for Patio.
Te following plan boxes for patio can be very useful for your garden:


Helleborus lividus


Helleborus can be rhizomatous, herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials forming a clump of pedate basal leaves, or evergreen with erect, leafy stems. Large, bowl-shaped flowers are borne in loose clusters in late winter or spring

H. lividus is an evergreen perennial to 45cm with biennial stems bearing leaves composed of three bluish-green marbled leaflets. Nodding, pale pinkish-green flowers 3-5cm in width are borne in open clusters from mid winter

Common Name: blue-grey hellebore
Family: Ranunculaceae
Color flower: Pink and Pale Green in Winter
Hardiness: old H2-3 (intermediate between H2 and H3)
Color foliage: Blue and Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Hellebore aphid and snails may be a problem
Pruning: Remove faded or damaged foliage as the flowers appear
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in neutral to alkaline soil in dappled shade. In frost-prone areas, best grown in a cold greenhouse
Garden characteristics: City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden, Flower borders and beds, Low Maintenance, Underplanting of Roses and Shrubs or Wildflower meadow

Erica carnea f. aureifolia ‘Sunshine Rambler’


Erica can be prostrate or erect, evergreen shrubs with fine, needle-like leaves in whorls, and racemes or panicles of small, bell-shaped or tubular flowers’Sunshine Rambler’ is a prostrate evergreen shrub to 20cm in height, with yellow foliage, becoming red-tinged in winter, and racemes of light rosy-pink flowers from late winter
Common Name: heather ‘Sunshine Rambler’
Family: Ericaceae
Color flower: Pink in Spring and Winter
Hardiness: old H4 (hardy)
Color foliage: Red and Yellow in WinterYellow in Autumn, Spring and Summer
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Mat forming
Habit: Generally pest free
Pruning: Pruning group 10
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in well-drained acidic soil in full sun
Garden characteristics: Banks and Slopes, City/Courtyard Gardens, Coastal, Garden Edging, Patio/Container Plants, Rock Garden, Ground Cover or Low Maintenance

Cyclamen ‘Sierra Scarlet’ (Sierra Series) – Fantastic colors


Cyclamen are tuberous perennials with rounded, sometimes angular, leaves which are often attractively mottled. The nodding, characteristically shaped flowers have 5 reflexed and twisted petals, often with dark markings at the base

‘Sierra Scarlet’ is a tuberous plant to 30cm tall, with rounded, marbled leaves and deep crimson flowers marked with maroon around the mouth

Common Name: cyclamen ‘Sierra Scarlet’
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Dark Red in Winter
Hardiness: old H1 (requires heated greenhouse/indoors)
Color foliage: Green and Grey/Silver in
Height: 0.1-0.5 metres
Habit: Bushy
Habit: Mice and squirrels may be a problem
Pruning: No pruning required
Spreadid: North-facing
Time to ultimate height: 1 year
Exposure: Grow indoors or under glass in containers of loam-based compost with the tops of the tubers just above the soil surface. Maintain bright filtered light with moderate humidity and a minimum winter temperature of 13 to 16 °C. Avoid draughts and hot dry air. When in growth water moderately and apply a low nitrogen liquid fertiliser fortnightly. Reduce water after flowering and keep dry when dormant
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants

Primula allionii (Au)

Primula is very popular spring flower. But this amazing plant bloom in winter. It is really tender and so nice. I would love to have this flower in my garden.
Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with salver-shaped or bell-shaped flowers which may be solitary or carried in an umbel or in whorls on an erect stemAuricula section primulas are evergreen perennials with leathery, often farinose foliage and simple umbels of salver-shaped flowers which are usually pink, purple or yellow

P. allionii is a small evergreen perennial forming rosettes of oblanceolate greyish-green leaves, with up to five white to pink flowers, usually white-eyed, 3cm across, borne in umbels on short erect scapes from late winter

Common Name: Allioni’s primrose
Family: Primulaceae
Color flower: Pink and White in Winter
Hardiness: old H2 (requires unheated greenhouse/indoors)
Color foliage: Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter
Height: Up to 10 cm
Habit: Clump-forming
Habit: May be attacked by aphids, glasshouse red spider mite, slugs, leafhoppers and vineweevils
Pruning: Deadhead after flowering
Spreadid: South-facing
Time to ultimate height: 2-5 years
Exposure: Grow in pots in an alpine house or frame. Use an alpine compost based on loam with added lime. Avoid wetting the foliage
Garden characteristics: Patio/Container Plants