Palms and Bananas
Canna 'Black Knight'
Canna 'Eric Neubert'
Chamaerops humilis (AGM-H3)
This is the only palm native to Europe and gives an exotic focal point in any garden with its evergreen fan-shaped leaves. It is naturally slow growing, rarely exceeding head height and given time will produces base suckers and a bushy shape. Given a warm, sunny, sheltered position, with good drainage it can be planted outside being hardy to appox -10C. In colder areas and with young plants it is best grown in a large tub and overwintered indoors.
Cordyline australis (AGM-H3)
A very architectural plant with long slender green leaves sprouting from the top of a slowly formed trunk. Mature plants produce large sprays of small, scented white flowers during summer. Requires a well drained average soil in sun and protection from cold winds. Suffered during 2010/11 winter losing all top growth, with some re-shooting from the ground in spring. OK in pots, while young, overwintered in a cold glasshouse. Height 6m+ given many years.
Cordyline australis ‘Charlie Boy’
A brilliantly coloured palm with stunning variegated foliage sporting a central burgundy stripe with outer pink margins. Found by a nurseryman in the late 1990's and with much effort and persistence and extensive trialling has been brought to both the UK and worldwide market. Prefers a sunny spot but will tolerate light shade in most soils as long as they are well drained. Given adequate drainage it has tolerated temperatures as low as -9C with only slight foliage damage. Has a very vigorous root system and makes up quickly into a stunning plant with a more stable trunk. Many other Pink varieties have come from micropropagation sports but 'Charlie Boy' was found as a true seedling within a green batch of Palms. Charlie Boy is named after the nurserymans late father Charles George Richards of Newlyn , who became known by friends and family as ‘Charlie Boy’. Even when retired his close family still refered to him as "Boy".
Cordyline indivisa - Not available 2017
A rare, attractive and very architectural species with broad, blue-grey leaves each sporting a central orange-red vein. Produces dense clusters of cream flowers on stout flowering stems when mature. A tricky plant which can be very difficult to establish requiring a moist but well drained soil in a sheltered position that gets shade through the afternoon. Can reach a height of several metres. Hardy to around -10C but can be tried in a pot and given winter protection.
Ensete ventricosum 'Maurelii' (AGM-H1c)
The 'Ethiopian Black Banana' forms a most imposing plant with huge, paddle-shaped leaves, stained almost black purple, erupting stiffly from a bulbous purple trunk which gives it a presence and intensity of colour that is almost unrivalled. Not remotely hardy but can be pot grown while young and when bigger lifted and stored dry in the shed or squeezed into a small pot in the greenhouse. Feed and water like hell during summer, it will reward you!!!!!!!!!
Musa basjoo (AGM-H3/4)
An absolute must for the tropical look with its huge, stunning, paddle shaped leaves. If grown outdoors it can either be proteced by wrapping over winter or left to die down, regrowing the following spring by producing new offsets, which should still reach 2m in one season. Can also be pot grown and kept frost free over winter with the possibility of creamy yellow flowers. Requires a sunny spot with protection from wind in a well drained, fertile soil. Root hardy.
A wonderful banana grown for its large, sturdy, paddle-like, grey-green leaves and incredibly large, star-shaped, yellow flowers on mature plants. Grow outside over summer in a sheltered, sunny position, avoiding windy positions in order to protect the foliage. Water regularly and give it a monthly feed. Best in a frost free greenhouse over winter where it needs to be kept only just moist, although it is reputed to be fairly root hardy. Can reach a height of 1.5m.
Trachycarpus fortunei (AGM-H4)
A very special plant that can carry the label 'hardy exotic'. Out of the wind with mid day shade this palm will reward with stunning fan shaped leaves. Small yellow flowers are produced in early summer once the plant attains about 2m. Trachycarpus will survive in almost any soil except continuously soggy conditions. An annual dressing of John Innes no.2 will provide a boost. Established plants can grow upto 30cm a year reaching several metres.