Plant list A
Easy to grow and propagate. This plant is useful for container planting in sunny areas of the garden. No frost tolerance. Aeonium arboreum 'Zwartkop'
A black version of Aeonium arboreum but slower growing.
A reasonably cold tolerant succulent. Has survived on a partially covered south facing window sill for several years.
Will survive planted in the ground but sufferers from rot on older leaves. Best grown as a container specimen and kept dry over winter. Vicious.
Probably the most attractive and user friendly of Agaves. Needs greenhouse protection during winter.
One of the hardiest of Agaves but useless outdoors in a wet winter. Vicious.
Another relatively user friendly agave for container planting. Looses its blue sheen in the rain.
Brilliant little plant, survives most winters unprotected in a well drained soil. Flowers and spreads.
Tree aloe for the container garden. Needs greenhouse protection in winter
Slightly different appearance to this aloe with smooth leaves. Interesting container plant. Greenhouse for the winter.
Tree Aloe similar to Aloe dichotoma. Full sun plus winter protection.
Grows successfully in the ground year round with the help of a rain guard during winter.
Another nice Aloe for the container garden. Always keen to flower in late winter in the greenhouse.
Alpinia zerumbet 'variegata'
Low and slow growing tropical foliage plant. A nice looking plant but is it worth the effort...?
A useful bunch of plants for coloured foliage, alternative flowers (tassels), that are cheap and easy to produce.
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Purchased a number of seedlings but I can't remember if the plants died and I threw them away or I got bored of them and threw them away. (And they say watching a cabbage grow is the epitome of boredom.)
Arum italicum Var. Pictum
Very nice hardy plant for winter interest. Grows all winter then disappears for the summer. Easy.
Superb reed growing to 4m over a season. Great for a lax foliage curtain.
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Arundo donax var. versicolor
Undoubtedly attractive version but shorter version of the above, a bit of a primadona with a tendency to die overwinter.
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A great foliage plant for the deepest shade.
The Harts tongue fern. Smooth glossy foliage. Can't have enough of these for shade under planting.
Each plant purchased has fallen at the first hurdle. I wont be going back for more.