10 Favourites



Each issue we ask five horticulture experts to list their favourite plant types on a selected theme.

Previously we would only ask for two favourites each to be listed, however, we have expanded their initial selection to five favourites from which they choose their top two to focus upon.

The decision can depend upon many factors such as soil, climate, drought tolerance, aesthetics or just plain personal preference!

Claire Bickle

Amaranthus tricolor
– Joseph’s Coat
cultivars – Angel Wings
Iresine herbstii
‘Brilliantissima’ – Bloodleaf
cultivars – Neoregelia Bromeliads
Strobilanthes dyeriana
– Persian Shield

Helen Curran

Codiaeum variegatum
– Croton
Graptophyllum pictum
– Caricature Plant
Strobilanthes dyeriana
– Persian Shield
Peristrophe hyssopifolia
‘Aureovariegata’ – Marble Leaf
Pseuderanthemum carruthersii
– False Eranthemum

Ross Gelling

Codiaeum variegatum – Croton
Furcraea foetida
‘Mediopicta’ – Mauritian Hemp
Homalomena wallisii
‘Harlequin’ – Harlequin Homalomena
Kaempferia elegans
– Resurrection Lilly
Mimusops elengi
‘Variegata’ – Red Coondoo

Joan Dillon

Carex brunnea
‘Variegata’ – Variegated Japanese Sedge
Hibiscus rosa–sinensis
‘Snowflake’ – Tropical Hibiscus
Pteris ensiformis
– Silver Lace Fern
Pteris quadriaurita
– Striped Brake Fern
Vitex trifolia ‘Variegata’ – Variegated Vitex

Phillip O'Malley

Alpinia zerumbet
‘Variegata’ – Variegated Shell Ginger
Codiaeum variegatum
– Croton
Dracaena reflexa
‘Song of Jamaica’ – Song of Jamaica
Neoregelia compacta
‘Bossa Nova’ – ‘Bossa Nova’ Bromeliad
Plectranthus scutellarioides
– Coleus


From a 6 page Feature Article in Issue Thirty
Caladium cultivars.
Mimusops elengi ‘Variegata’.
Neoregelia compacta ‘Bossa Nova’.


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