Whether your garden is a bijou urban hideaway or you have extensive borders to fill in a coastal or cottage garden (or any style in between) here’s a truly versatile and refreshing plant which is easy to grow and suits all themes. Trendy Acidanthera murielae, sometimes known as Gladiolus murielae or Abyssinian gladiolus, likes to soak up the sun and is just great for growing in pots as well as borders where it will light up your garden with its long-lasting and fragrant white starry flowers from August to autumn.
Gloxinias are compact and easy to grow as indoor potted plants, making them useful for popping on the windowsill or livening up a drab space. Producing a bold show of brightly coloured blooms throughout summer above a round of textured foliage, these neat little plants make an impressively big impact. Simply pot them up and dot them around the house as table centrepieces, on windowsills or in trendy macramé plant hangers and enjoy their effortless charm!
Whether you love to fully immerse yourself in jungle-style surroundings with plenty of foliage and eye-catching blasts of bold, bright colour, or prefer to mix up traditional planting schemes with hints of exotic charm, lush and leafy Cannas are a well-rounded and easy-to-grow candidate that will really pack a punch in a sunny spot!
Let’s not get this wrong. Although they’re not exactly scarce, just knowing about Kniphofias, also called Red Hot Pokers, puts you ahead of other gardeners. After all, as striking as these late-summer-flowering marvels may be, they’re not famed in story or song. At a guess, their rather unpoetic name is more likely to be responsible for this omission than the plants themselves, but it’s too late to ask Wordsworth why he doesn’t seem to have been a Kniphofia fancier!
Creating your own little slice of paradise with lush, leafy and vibrant tropical plants is easier than you might think. Although exotic plants are native to warmer climates, many can do very well in a typical UK garden and put on a fantastic summer show with very little fuss!