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What I am currently trying to grow in the garden


Hi, I live in the north east of the UK and have a seaside, west facing rear garden. Only a short while ago I began to notice people had strange looking shrubs and trees growing in their gardens. These of which looked tropical and they were growing astonishingly well. Where I live the winters are slightly colder and feel like they last forever than in the south of the country. So, I start looking in books at the library, looking on the internet etc. I eventually found a very helpful website which had been created by a keen exotics growing gardener in Kent. The address is:

I found photographs on this site of the Canary Island Palm tree which were said to be around 12 years old. They were very large but were not tall. I also found that they were hardy to around – 8C when large and they were quite fast growing. (they must be judging by the photos I have seen over the years they were planted there!)

I also found out that plants such as Cordylines, some Palms, and many other big plants could be grown especially in the north east.

So from then onwards, I am currently experimenting with many different tropicals in my garden to see which will work best!

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Brilliant look forward to seeing some pics, I like to experiment too.

16 Aug, 2009


Mmmm, i like hearing about peoples projects :)

16 Aug, 2009


I'm also eager to see some photos of your experiment - would love to see which tropical plants you grow successfully there.

16 Aug, 2009

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