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Tender & Half-Hardy

We have a small but increasing collection of less than hardy plants and will add them here. These plants all require protection from frost unless otherwise stated.

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Begonia luxurians

Begonia luxurians£8.00

TENDER AGM Desireable species with exotic palmate leaves on red stems. Much used at Dixter. Can be put outside in a shady place in summer and take in frost free overwinter. 1.5m.


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Calceolaria 'Camden Hero'

Calceolaria 'Camden Hero'£6.00

Half-hardy sub-shrub with light green foliage and spires of orange-red pouched flowers in summer and autumn. Probably best in a cool, part shaded spot. 60cm?


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Dahlia merckii

Dahlia merckii£10.50

A beautiful and fairly hardy species with masses of soft lilac pink flowers with golden centres from midsummer into late autumn on wiry stems to 1.2m. Drained soil in full sun with a deep mulch or protect in winter.


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Fuchsia 'Marlies de Keijzer'

Fuchsia 'Marlies de Keijzer'£4.50

An excellent half-hardy Fuchsia with tiny silvered leaves and miniature reddish flowers in late summer and autumn. ?75cm. Probably best grown in a pot and taken in overwinter.


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Fuchsia fulgens

Fuchsia fulgens£5.00

TENDER AGM Rarely seen now this vigorous species from Mexico has large pale green leaves and big bunches of incredibly long tubed orange-red flowers with distinct creamy-green sepals. Potentially 2m!


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Fuchsia glazioviana

Fuchsia glazioviana£4.00

AGM A elegant species with slender bright reddish pink flowers with purple corollas and red filaments. Smallish but broad leaves try to be evergreen. Borderline hardy - drained soil in a sheltered position, light shade. 60cm?


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Fuchsia hatschbachii

Fuchsia hatschbachii£6.00

AGM Unusual lanceolate leaves on a willowy upright plant producing masses of elegant red and purple flowers from midsummer. Distinctive reddish stems. Should be hardy in drained soil, best in some shade.


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Pelargonium 'Bird Dancer'

Pelargonium 'Bird Dancer'£4.00

TENDER Dwarf Stellar. AGM A compact plant with brown marked leaves and a good display of bright salmon pink flowers well above the foliage. Protect from frost. 25cm.


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Pelargonium 'Pink Capricorn'

Pelargonium 'Pink Capricorn'£4.00

TENDER Scented. Cheerful bright pink flowers over scented foliage. Protect from frost. 60cm.


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Pelargonium acetosum

Pelargonium acetosum£6.00

TENDER Wonderful grey succulent leaves with scalloped margins and a good display of clear salmon pink, narrow petalled, flowers all summer. Protect from frost. Semi-trailing habit.


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Pelargonium australe pink form

Pelargonium australe pink form£4.00

TENDER A rosette forming species from Australia and New Zealand, this form with pink flowers. Keep frost free.


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Pelargonium cordifolium

Pelargonium cordifolium£6.00

TENDER Species with upright shrubby growth and distinct grey, downy cordate leaves. Heads of large flowers are pink with darker veining. Excellent. 1m.


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Salvia 'African Sky'

Salvia 'African Sky'£5.50

Stunning sky blue flowers from spring to autumn on this modern S. chamelaeagnea hybrid from New Zealand. Scented foliage is a bright, fresh green. 60cm in a sunny spot with good, drained soil. Probably not fully hardy.


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Salvia 'Belhaven'

Salvia 'Belhaven'£6.50

Bright red flowers over many months on this shrubby hybrid with distinctly more rounded, larger leaves than the typical Mexican types. Drained soil in full sun. Warm, sheltered position. ?Hardiness?


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Salvia 'Joan'

Salvia 'Joan'£5.50

A stunning, hardy, Salvia involucrata hybrid makes an upright bushy plant with spires of brilliant deep almost purplish pink flowers to 90cm. Drained soil in full sun.


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Salvia concolor

Salvia concolor£6.50

A striking large species making a bushy plant to 2.4m with soft green foliage and brilliant deep blue flowers in autumn on cobalt blue flowering stems. Sheltered sunny spot, mulch overwinter.


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Salvia confertiflora

Salvia confertiflora£6.50

HALF-HARDY. Woody based herbaceous sage with big matt green leaves and spires of orange-red furry flowers to 1.8m from midsummer to autumn. Overwinter as cuttings or grow in a big pot and keep frost-free.


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Setaria palmifolia

Setaria palmifolia£6.50

AGM TENDER Stunning grass with wide, pleated foliage to 60cm and tall arching flower stems to 1.2m. Best grown in a big pot and taken into frost-free for the winter.


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Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye'

Tulbaghia 'Purple Eye'£4.50

AGM A compact hybrid with grassy foliage and masses of light lilac pink flowers with darker centres all summer. Maybe hardy in well drained soil in full sun or grow in a pot and take in overwinter. 40cm.


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