Other plants

These are the plants that don’t readily fit onto our other pages but that we think you may still find interesting

 

Ensete ventricosum MaureliiEnsete 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.

 

 

 

 

Musa acuminata ‘Cavendish Dwarf’ AGM

Named for the 6th Duke of Devonshire, this banana will actually produce edible fruit in the UK (though don’t think big bananas).Although not hardy its well worth the trouble of drying it out and storing in a frost free garage. Grown mainly for the very large, green foliage with purple splotches. Prefers fertile, moist soil in full sun/part shade. HGT 3m.

 

 

 

 

Musa basjoo – ‘The Hardy Banana’

The hardiest of the bananas, basjoo will withstand temps as low as -8 though the roots can withstand as low as -20! However, wrapping with fleece in winter will mean you lose less of trunk each year. Grown mainly for the very large, bright green foliage. Prefers fertile, moist soil in full sun/part shade. HGT 3m.

 

 

 

 

Musella lasiocarpaMusella lasiocarpa – ‘The Golden Lotus Banana’

This stunning banana relative is hardier than most & will withstand temps as low as -8. However, wrapping with fleece in winter will mean you lose less trunk each year. Grown mainly for the very large, golden flowers that can last up to 6 months. Prefers fertile, moist soil in full sun/part shade. HGT 1.5m.