The cabbage palm, Cordyline australis
, is used as an accent subject in seasonal bedding schemes and containers, says McIndoe, deputy managing director of Hillier Garden Centres and co-author of the latest in the Hillier book series, Planting With Trees.
Mrs Bartlett from Fartown has written to me about the question of hardiness of Cordyline australis
that I discussed some while ago.
Hardy choices for zones 8, 9, and 14-17 (unless noted) include bougainvillea (marginal in colder areas), canna, Cordyline australis
, 'Black Magic' elephant's ear (after frost, dig up tubers in all but zones 14-17; apply mulch in zones 14 and 15), ginger lily (Hedychium), honey bush, Japanese banana (Musa basjoo), sago palm, Tasmanian tree fern.
Plants include the cordyline australis
and the hardy phormium, or New Zealand flax, which is very tolerant to wind and salt from the sea.
Stand-alone architectural plants can also create a stunning impact at this time of year, including phormium hybrids and the striking red-purple Cordyline australis
`Purpurea' - a useful, architectural plant with strappy, purple leaves.
The two most popular dot plants are Cordyline australis
(cabbage palm) which is available in green, red and is ideal for a sunny display.
Another contradiction in terms is the Cordyline australis
QMY cordyline australis
was too big at five feet, so I layered it to make a new plant.
For a while we all pretended we lived in a jungle and went mad for the Tasmanian tree ferns, Cordyline australis
, in shades of green or purple, Phormium tenax and Japanese hardy bananas.
CHOOSE succulent plants such as Agave americana Variegata, Aeonium arboreum Zwartkop and Cordyline australis
A good bet for a container is Cordyline australis
Purpurea,otherwise known as the New Zealand cabbage palm, which gives a wonderful architectural effect and a tropical feel to help create the impression of a warmer climate.
Most of them, species such as Cordyline australis
, the Australian cabbage palm, are from much milder climates and, when growing here, they represent the idea of subtropical climes.
Design it Sun-loving plants on a patio If you have a sun-baked patio and don't have time to water pots every day, choose exoticlooking drought-tolerant plants such as Agave americana Variegata, Aeonium arboreum Zwartkop and Cordyline australis
, the so-called Cabbage Tree, is a magnificent architectural plant for the house, on the patio, or in the garden during summer.