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What's that plant with the red and yellow flowers?


By AndrewR


For several years now, a friend and I have opened our gardens for charity. We are both plantsmen and plantaholics, but with completely different soil conditions so the gardens compliment each other. We open at different times every year in an attempt to tempt previous visitors to repeat their trip. This year we found another garden, on a new estate located midway between the two, who was willing to join us, and decided to open on 16th August.

Every year the same doubts crop up – will the weather be fine, what will be in flower, will anyone come? So far we have been lucky – the sun shines (except for a couple of showers one year), something always comes into bloom at the last minute, and the number of people through the gate makes it worthwhile. This year we opened on behalf of the regional Air Ambulance and received around 250 visitors in three hours.

There are always questions about the identity of some of the plants. Often I can anticipate which ones, but on other occasions, something entirely unexpected catches the eye. But there is always a ‘star’ plant that gets more questions than any other. This time, it was the red and white flowered scrambler on the trellis just inside the front gate.

It’s abutilon megapotanicum, a lax climber that needs some help to ascend. It’s certainly hardy in the south of the UK, given a southerly aspect and well drained soil. In a mild winter, it can even flower right through all but the coldest weather; in colder ones it may be cut to the ground but will regrow from the roots once the temperature warms up again. Five to six feet is its maximum height with a similar spread.

So now you know what that plant with the red and yellow flowers is.

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Gosh isn't it lovely and what a good charity to support x

18 Aug, 2015


Lovely plant, Andrew. Agree with Pamg, you support an excellent charity. Air Ambulance and Air Sea-Rescue don't get much help from the Government, if any.

18 Aug, 2015


HB - from left to right at the front of the border are:
Salvia 'Hot Lips'
Zauschneria californica' Dublin'
Lobelia laxiflora var angustifolia
The border faces due south and the soil is poor and dry.

18 Aug, 2015


I can understand why people are so interested Andrew.

18 Aug, 2015


Well done all three of you, very worthy causes, I would love to visit and help support you but too far I'm afraid.
I can see why the visitors were so taken Andrew, its very striking...

18 Aug, 2015


I had this Abutilon in my first garden, and some years it was still flowering in Dundee! I'd grow it here if I had shelter, but we are too exposed. Yours looks wonderful. I'm not surprised it attracted attention.

18 Aug, 2015


It's a beautiful Abutilon and , they aren't an easy plant to grow! Well, not for me!

18 Aug, 2015


lovely blog Andrew. good charities too. the 3rd garden will certainly help enticing visitors.

19 Aug, 2015


A very worthy cause & great you get so many viewers. Abutilon too tender for me to grow here but yours is a beauty.

26 Aug, 2015

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