Elements of an Exotic Garden IV

002 (300x299)Nelumbo ‘Momo Botan’ – This is a dwarf cultivar of Sacred Lotus with up to 5-6″ wide deep rose pink double flowers from mid to late summer above cupped green leaves. The blooms open and close each morning and night, and last for about 3 days. It is an excellent choice to grow in half-barrels, small ponds or containers. Grows 1-2′ high by 18-36″ wide. Hardy to zone 5.

chamaeops (300x293)Chamaerops humilis – European Fan Palm is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner native to the west Mediterranean. It features your typical green fan-shaped leaves and also produces basal suckers that form a multi-stem specimen. Given its dwarf size and hardiness, it is best grown in a large container and overwintered indoors. Grows 6-8′ high by 3-6′ wide. Zone 8.

9-12-2011 18-47-36_030 (300x298)Passiflora x alatocaerulea (Passiflora belotti, ‘Princess Eugenie’, P. alato-caerulea) – This Passionflower is an old hybrid (bred around 1824) of Passiflora alata and P.caerulea. It features very fragrant white and reddish violet flowers (from June to October) with wavy purplish-pink corona filaments, and tri-lobed green leaves. Grows to 15′ high. Hardy to zone 8.

001 (300x297)Buddleja globosa – Orange Ball Tree is a deciduous or semi-evergreen shrub that is native to Chile and Argentina. It bears perfectly round fragrant orange flower clusters in early summer and is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner. Gardeners in colder regions can try the somewhat similar Buddleja x weyeriana ‘Sungold’. Grows 12-15′ high and wide. Zone 7.

draceana (300x298)Cordyline australis PINK PASSION (syn. ‘Seipin’) – A dramatic Dracaena Palm with foliage that rivals the most brilliant New Zealand Flax. It features greyish-purple blades with translucent bright pink margins that glow in the sun. PINK PASSION is a spectacular container specimen but should be overwintered in a cool greenhouse. Grows 2-4′ high by 2-3′ wide. Zone 8.

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