These are the plants that don’t readily fit onto our other pages but that we think you may still find interesting
A lovely form of kiwi with deep green, rough leaves that look like someone has splashed them with pink & white paint. Produces fragrant, pink flowers from early summer. Happy in a sheltered spot with reasonable soil in full sun/part shade. Hardy. HGT 8m
Campsis radicans ‘Stromboli’
Although it looks exotic Campsis will grow fantastically against a sunny wall in the UK. A woody climber, Stromboli produces gorgeous bright red, trumpet shaped flowers from mid summer onwards. Deciduous & hardy. Prefers a fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun. HGT 5m
Campsis x tagliabuana ‘Orangeade’
Another exotic looking Campsis that will happily grow against a sunny wall in the UK. A woody climber, Orangeade produces bright orange, trumpet shaped flowers heavily splashed with red from mid summer onwards. Deciduous & hardy. Prefers a fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun. HGT 8m
Ensete ventricosa ‘Maurelii’
The stunning red Abyssinian banana, although not hardy this striking plant is well worth the effort of drying and over wintering in a frost free garage. Grown mainly for its very large deep red tinged foliage it will certainly get the neighbours talking. Prefers fertile, moist soil in full sun/part shade. HGT 3m.
Available later in the year
Lonicera periclymenum ‘Scentsation’
A much sought after honeysuckle with an exceptional fragrance from the creamy yellow flowers that are produced from early summer to autumn. Deciduous & fully hardy, prefers well drained soil in full sun/part shade. HGT 6m
Lonicera similis var. Delavayi AGM
A beautiful, semi-evergreen honeysuckle with narrow sea-green leaves with a velvety texture. Produces highly fragrant, cream flowers that age to yellow during early summer. Happy in most reasonable soils in full sun/part shade. Fully hardy. HGT 3m
Musa sikkimensis ‘Red Tiger’
One of the hardier forms of banana, however, we strongly advise wrapping with fleece before the hard frosts each winter.. Grown mainly for the very large, bright green foliage with irregular deep red streaks. Prefers fertile, moist soil in full sun/part shade. HGT 3m.
Otherwise known as the ‘Chinese Magnolia Vine’, this rarely offered shrubby climber has mid-green, leathery foliage and produces cup-shaped, crimson flowers followed by red berries during spring & summer. Prefers fertile, moist but well drained soil in full sun/part shade. Fully hardy & deciduous HGT: 8m