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Exotic Foliage Plants

Musa acuminata subsp. zebrina – The Blood Banana is a dwarf subspecies with green leaves that are irregularly streaked or blotched in burgundy-red. It is best grown as a container specimen or houseplant in coastal BC as it cannot be … Continue reading

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Elements of an Exotic Garden X

Thunbergia erecta – King’s Mantle is a native of South Africa and is generally treated  as a tender climbing shrub. It bears showy 3″ wide trumpet-shaped flowers that are dark purplish-blue with pale yellow throats, produced throughout the summer. This … Continue reading

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Elements of an Exotic Garden IX

Polygala chamaebuxus var. grandiflora – Box-Leaved Milkwort is an evergreen sub-shrub that is native to the Alps and Carpathian mountains. It has small dark green lance-shaped leaves and eye catching purple and yellow pea-like flowers that are borne from late … Continue reading

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Elements of an Exotic Garden VIII

x Chitalpa tashkentensis ‘Pink Dawn’ – This small deciduous tree is an intergeneric cross of Chilopsis linearis (Desert Willow) and Southern Catalpa (C. bignonioides) and is rare in cultivation. It features showy pale pink blooms somewhat similar to Catalpa, with … Continue reading

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Exotic-Looking Annuals

Alternanthera ‘Jewel’ – Like some species of Amaranthus this plant is also commonly known as ‘Joseph’s Coat’, much in part to its lance-shaped leaves of pink, copper, gold and green. The small white flowers are inconspicuous and this heat tolerant … Continue reading

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Elements of an Exotic Garden VII

Melianthus major – Honey Bush is an evergreen shrub native to South Africa. It is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner with unusual greyish-blue foliage that smells of peanut butter when rubbed. The dark crimson flower spikes are occasionally … Continue reading

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Elements of an Exotic Garden VI

Azara lanceolata – Narrow-Leaf Azara is a hard to find evergreen shrub that is native to Chile and Argentina. It features arching branches covered in thin, dark green serrated leaves and showy clusters of vanilla-scented bright yellow blooms from mid … Continue reading

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