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Common Name    Latin Name
Flowering Maple[4]     Abutilon Boule de Neige
S_abutilon_boule_de_neige-c_flowering_maple[4] This species of abutilon produces its white flowers in aboundance on fresh growth. The slugs and snails devour the fresh bark with relish unless I spray the bark and underside of the leaves with liquid sluggit. It will tolerate short spells of frost. I protect mine by wrapping it in sheets during the frost.
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Abutilon Kentish Belle     Abutilon Kentish Belle
S_abutilon_kentish_belle-c_abutilon_kentish_belle Another of the many Abutilon species is this one. The beautiful brown and yellow flowers are continually produced until just before the frost. This species is semi-hardy and can stand short spells at zero degrees centigrade, but does best if given some winter protection. This one grows well as a shrub climbing through other supporting shrub. It can also be trained to climb up trellis like a climber.
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Trailing Abutilon     Abutilon megapotamicum
S_abutilon_megapotamicum-c_trailing_abutilon This species of abutilon is a spectacular continuously flowering climber. It needs support for it to climb up and after a year or two the support is covered with the brilliant red and yellow flowers. The flowers remind me of the bleeding heart (Dicentra), but much more vibrant. It seems to survive a slight frost, but I put a sheet over it during the worst of the winter as a heavy frost may kill it.
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Trailing Abutilon[2]     Abutilon megapotamicum verigata
S_abutilon_megapotamicum_verigata-c_trailing_abutilon[2] This variety is a good complement to the unverigated variety. The flowers are the same vibrant red and yellow with the addition of variegated leaves, which adds to any garden. Again a free draining soil with plenty of water and feed during the growing season. I am hoping that when the two types intermingle the result will be even better.
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Flowering Maple     Abutilon pictum
S_abutilon_pictum-c_flowering-maple Abutilon is one of those genera of plants that gardens seems to have many species of. The species are varied in shape and form of the plants and flowers. In my garden I have about four species. Most are semi-hardy and can stand short spells at zero degrees centigrade, but does best if given some winter protection. This species seems to be much more temperamental than the white flowering variety. and takes a longer time to recover after the winter. See the next picture below for more informat...
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Abutilon_________     Abutilon________
S_abutilon____-c_abutilon____ I have just bought this Abutilon (12012) and cannot remember what its name is. It is a very small shrub and flowers continually, with flowers that is similar to a Kentish Bell without the yellow flowers. I do not know at the moment how hardy it is and will have to bring it inside for the winter.
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Bears Breeches     Acanthus spinosus
S_acanthus_spinosus-c_bears_breeches This plant was well known to the Romans who used the leaf shape on many of their buildings. It is a vigorous grower and its leaves are very architectural. I like this plant because the flower head seems to be in flower for several months. The seed pod grows beneath the white sepal which usually stays attached. The snails love this plant and by the end of the year it looks worse for wear, but being vigorous it outgrows this predation.
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Mimosa____DUP29     Acasia____
S_acasia____-c_mimosa____dup29 There are several Acasia trees wityh the same yellow powder puff flowers. They flower in the early spring. Some are frost tender like this one which eventually was killed by the frost. I have now replaced it with a similar Acasia which is much hardier and can withstand the frost. The bi-pinnate leaves are fine and exotic looking. I have seen Acasia in this area growing to about 30 feet(9mtrs). In full flower it is a magnificient sight.
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Japanese Maple     Acer palmatum
S_acer_palmatum-c_japanese_maple This Acer is a very slow grower. It is a red leaf variety and should withstand more sun than the green leaf variety. The leaves are deeply palmately inscised which gives them a feathery look. This plant shares the place with an azalia which flowers in the early spring. The red nature of the leaves conrasts well with the white and green of next door's eononomus and does not block too much light from other plants in the small front garden.
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Yarrow Pink     Achillea millifolium Serise Queen
S_achillea_milefolium_serise_queen-c_yarrow_pink This form of yarrow is very beautiful when in full flower. It reaches a height of about one metre. In the winter it dies down only to return the following spring. It needs staking to get the best results otherwise the stems tend to fall over and the flowers are then not so spectacular. Its compound umbel type flowers spread out to form a mat of pink flowers that last for a long time.
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Sneezewort     Achillea ptarmica
S_achillea_ptarmica-c_sneezewort This Achillea is growing in the pond. During the winter it dies down completely and in the summer it produces masses of daisy type flowers. The flowers reminds me of Feverfew and are produced in abundance just like Feverfew. It is excellent for cutting for use either fresh or dried and cutting the flowers helps to produce a succession of flowers from June to July.
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Yarrow yellow     Achillea____
S_achillea____-c_yarrow_yellow This form of yarrow is spectacular given rich soil. It can reach up to two metres and needs staking in order to keep the flowers together for maximum effect. Yarrow is drought resistant, and will grow in almost any soil. The plants bloom from July onwards.
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Cupids Bower     Achimenis little beauty
S_achimenis_little_beauty-c_cupids_bower This plant flowers until nearly frost time and grows well in rich soil and the flowers are freely produced. It dies down during the cold period but leaves several bulbils at its root each of which produces a new plant the following year. It grows well in a basket as the flowering stems hang down. it is best grown under cover as frost will kill the bulbils. There are several other colours in the range.
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Vase Plant     Aechmea fasciata
S_aechmea_fasciata-c_vase_plant The Bromlaid family produces some spectacular unusual flowering epiphytic plants. This one I think is one of the best. After the pink flower head is produced the individual purple flowers emerge over time. It cannot cope with frost but can survive in an unheated greenhouse. It likes some shade as full sun may scorch the leaves. In summer and autumn it survives well outside.
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Aeonium     Aeonium arboreum Crassulaceae
S_aeonium_arboreum_crassulaceae-c_aeonium There are many kinds of aeoniums, which are native to the Canary Islands. All produce rosette of leaves of different shapes and colour. They do flower and the flower are mainly yellowish-greeen or pinkish. I have not yet seen any of mine flower, but as they are grown for the leaves I am not too disappointed. Some are Dark purple to black and some remain green or green verigated with white. They are not fully hardy and need some protection in frost areas.
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Aeonium     Aeonium arboreum Zwartkop
S_aeonium_arboreum_zwartkop-c_aeonium There are several varieties of Aeoniums some of which remain green throughout the year and some which are almost black. It seems to get leggy in its growth habit, but it branches freely after pruning. It is easily rooted in well drained soil. As a succulent it should withstand drought well, but it seems to drop it leaves if it is too dry. On the bay roof it survives the winter well but pruning is needed as it gets very leggy. Aeoniums are natives of Maderia, the Canary Islands and North Afri...
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Aeonium     Aeonium cuneatum
S_aeonium_cuneatum-c_aeonium I bought this plant after seeing it at Heligans garden in Cornwall. The flower head had died and dried, but I thaught it must have looked excellent when in flower. I think my guess was not wrong. Unfortunately I lost the label and dont know its proper name. There are more pictures of this plant in my weekly blogs 1 to 4
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Lipstic plant     Aeschynanthus twister
S_aeschynanthus_twister-c_lipstick_plant It is easy to see why this unusual plant is called the lipstick plant as the flowers look like lipstick coming out of its tube. It is an evergreen and the reflexed leaves makes it resemble a corkscrew. The flower clusters last for about 3 to 4 weeks and are produced at the tips of new growth. This plant will require heat during the day and night to produce its flowers.
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African Blue lily     Agapanthus____
S_agapanthus____-c_african_blue_lily This is a tender bulb which survives the frost with protection for the crown of the bulbs. It can be difficult to flower regularly as too much feed or too little may prevent flowering. When it does flower well the flower stalk may need staking. It is great for cut flower., The flower stalk may be a metre high and the flower head may be 6 inches wide.
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Century Plant     Agave americana
S_agave_americana-c_century_plant This succlent originally from Mexico has a slight blue tinge and is known by many names including Maguey and American Aloe. It seems to be hardier than the verigated variety and survives well outside if I enclose it with a plastic cloche. As this plant gets larger it looks most majestic.The leaf tips has a sharp spine and care needs to be taken when handling. It only flowers after the plant is a minimum of 15 years old usually 25 years or more. When it does flower the plant dies leaving many ...
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