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Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'

Unique and highly ornamental large shrub or small tree for a very sheltered site in full sun. Bright blue-green leaves with new growth deep plum-purple through the growing season. Golden yellow 'Mimosa' flowers in early spring. Easy in a pot, can be hard pruned every year. Takes a fair amount of frost, though is best sited sensibly. My best selling plant by far.

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Acacia pataczekii

Only described in 1978 from a discovery in the cool highlands of Tasmania, 'Wally's Wattle' is the hardiest of all Acacias, known to tolerate as low as -18c! A large evergreen shrub or very small tree here in the UK, with a dense bushy crown of linear blue-green leaves (actually phyllodes) and a mass of pale yellow little balls of flower in late winter. Most rare!

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Agave ovatifolia NJM 09.002

The 'whale tongue agave' was officially described in only 2002, this new species from the far north east corner of Mexico is, without question, one of the most stunning of all. Very chunky perfectly formed rosettes, 120cm across by 90cm tall at their maximum, are composed of icy-blue, very deeply scalloped leaves. Proven one of the hardiest and easiest in the garden. Fabuloso!

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Agave parrasana

From the Sierra de Parras in the middle of the Chihuahuan desert, this is related to A. parryi, though it has a look all its own. Even at maturity this is a stubby, squat, spiny little beast, with relatively wide leaves compared to their length and a height of only about 30cm. The foliage is bluish-grey with hooked lateral spines. Pretty hardy, but best in a pot.

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Aloe striatula var. caesia (new)

The strictly high altitude, greyer leaved and supposedly hardier variety from around Molteno in the E. Cape. Easily growable outside throughout milder parts of the UK, but also possible further inland in very sheltered, sunny, very well drained spots. Multi-stemmed to 1.5m, topped by yellow Kniphofia-like flowers in July over the succulent grey-green leaves.

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Amicia zygomeris

A most exotic looking large perennial pea from Mexico, with strong growth to about2.5m. Pinnate foliage has leaflets with indented tips, giving a very distinct effect. Highly conspicuous large pale green, but heavily purple-red stained, stipules on the stems and large deep yellow pea flowers in late summer, makes for a striking specimen! Absolutely bone hardy in my experience, even through Dec' 2010, without a mulch. Sun.

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Arundo donax 'Macrophylla'

Giant reed. A truly gigantic thing, forming big clumps of blue-green towering foliage to 3m+ high. This is the wider leaved form, good for even more exotic effect, with leaves as wide as a good belt, with long tapering tips. Looks great as a backdrop, or even as a frontdrop if you like that sort of thing. Any ordinary soil in full sun.

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Astelia fragrans (new)

This New Zealand evergreen bears a rosette of slightly silver-green sword like foliage on a clump 1m x 1m. Fragrant basally held spring flowers followed by orange berries. Makes a striking contrast to things like Muehlenbeckia astonii, which it grows together with in nature. Happy in inland or exposed coastal conditions. For well drained, but not dry soil.

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