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!

Helen Curran

Acalypha wilkesiana – Fijian Fire
Codiaeum variegatum – Croton
Excoecaria cochinchinensis (Variegated Form) – Garden Clown
Plectranthus scutellarioides – Coleus
Pseuderanthemum carruthersii – Caricature Plant

Patrick Regnault

Hippeastrum cultivars
– Hippeastrum
Illicium floridanum
– Florida Anise
Photinia x fraseri
‘Robusta’ – Red Leaf Photinia
Strobilanthes dyeriana
– Persian Shield
Thysanolaena latifolia
– Tiger Grass

Julie Roach

Bismarckia nobilis
(Grey Form) – Bismarck Palm
Calliandra haematocephala
– Pom Pom Bush
x evansii
Tabebuia aurea
– Tree of Gold
Vriesea imperialis
‘Rubra’ – Empress of Brazil

Melina Simpson

Alcantarea imperialis – Imperial Bromeliad
Ficus auriculata – Roxburgh Fig
Pandanus spiralis – Screwpine
Syzygium moorei – Rose Apple
Xanthorrhoea glauca – Grass Tree

Chelsea van Rijn

Begonia rex – Rex Begonia
Magnolia grandiflora ‘Little Gem’ – Evergreen Magnolia ‘Little Gem’
Pieris japonica – Temple Bells
Rhododendron indicum ‘Red Wings’ – Azalea ‘Red Wings’
Waterhousea unipunctata – Roly Poly Satinash

From a 6 page Feature Article in Issue Forty
Excoecaria cochinchinensis (Variegated Form) 
syn. Excoecaria bicolor (Variegated Form)
Philodendron x evansii (P. bipinnatifidum x P. speciosum)
Alcantarea imperialis


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