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A selection of seeds and plants with interesting leaves and different growing habits to give your beds, borders and containers an exotic flair. From low, dense border fillers to tall, leafy banana plants, there's something for every garden.
Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis, Golden Chinese Timber BambooWonderfully statuesque, the graceful stems of this Golden Bamboo will create a superb architectural focal point in your garden. The arching butter-yellow canes are attractively striped with green, while the slender bright green leaves remain evergreen for interest all year round. Easy to grow and fully hardy, Phyllostachys vivax f. aureocaulis has been awarded a prestigious RHS AGM, making an elegant specimen for borders or large patio containers. Grow bamboo towards the back of shrub borders, as an attractive screen for exotic gardens, or as a leafy under storey in woodland. Height: 6m (20'). Spread: 3m (10'). More info
Lamium 'Mega Purple'
The glistening silvery foliage of Lamium ‘Mega Purple’ contrasts beautifully its mauve, open mouthed blooms. This resilient Dead Nettle loves a shady spot, where it will quickly form a carpet of shimmering leaves. Flowering throughout the summer, its nectar rich blooms are a magnet for pollinating insects making it ideal for wildlife gardens, cottage garden borders and woodland areas. This easy to grow hardy perennial is practically indestructible – the perfect choice for ‘no-fuss’ ground cover. Height: 30cm (12"). Spread: 45cm (18"). More info
Hosta 'Decorative Foliage Mixed'
Plantain Lily, Funkia
Large and small, blue and green leafed varieties. Although they will not reproduce identically, worthwhile colour combinations should appear. Height: 12-30cm (12-30in).More info
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