In defence of aliens

Why I prefer to grow exotic plants rather than just native species. In an article in this month’s Gardener’s World magazine, Monty Don argues that gardeners should grow more native plants, rather than non-native ‘alien […]


Tibouchina urvilleana

Borderline-hardy beauties from South America The sky is grey, the leaves have mostly fallen and the temperature is dropping, but one plant is currently bringing a splash of tropical colour to the garden:  Tibouchina urvilleana […]

Leonotis leonurus close-up of flower buds

Leonotis leonurus

The Lion King Slightly sprawling and rain-battered, but nevertheless looking spectacular in the garden at the moment is one of my favourite plants, and a worthy first plant profile for my blog: Leonotis leonurus, or […]