Breynia disticha

Breynia disticha

Acalypha 'Copperleaf' is a stunning but uncommon cultivar.(‘Brazen’, ‘Copper King’, ‘Tiki Lava Flow’) This large growing plant has large leaves of a bright consistent coppery colour. The stems and leaves are thicker than many other cultivars. This is one of my favourite cultivars, but unfortunately seldom seen.

Acalypha 'Copperleaf' is a stunning but uncommon cultivar.(‘Brazen’, ‘Copper King’, ‘Tiki Lava Flow’) This large growing plant has large leaves of a bright consistent coppery colour. The stems and leaves are thicker than many other cultivars. This is one of my favourite cultivars, but unfortunately seldom seen.

Praying mantis on Salvia 'Anthony Parker'

Praying mantis on Salvia 'Anthony Parker'

Ctenanthe setosa 'Grey Star' with platinum grey leaves

Ctenanthe setosa 'Grey Star' with platinum grey leaves

The aptly named Acalypha 'Green and Gold'. Acalypha cultivars with leaves variegated with yellow, such as Acalypha ‘Green and Gold’. These plants can be used as highlights, in areas dominated by green foliage. These plants are particularly effective in bright semi-shade.

The aptly named Acalypha 'Green and Gold'. Acalypha cultivars with leaves variegated with yellow, such as Acalypha ‘Green and Gold’. These plants can be used as highlights, in areas dominated by green foliage. These plants are particularly effective in bright semi-shade.

Iron deficiency showing on leaves Photo Real World Gardener

Iron deficiency showing on leaves Photo Real World Gardener

Ctenanthe amabilis is low and mounding

Ctenanthe amabilis is low and mounding

The delightful yellow and white birthday candles (Pachystachys lutea) will flower in shade and can make a great statement plant in cottage gardens or in tropical gardens. It will take a fair bit of sun but will be happier in dappled shade, and will grow well under trees with some supplementary watering.

The delightful yellow and white birthday candles (Pachystachys lutea) will flower in shade and can make a great statement plant in cottage gardens or in tropical gardens. It will take a fair bit of sun but will be happier in dappled shade, and will grow well under trees with some supplementary watering.

Brazilian red cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys) is a large shrub that will flower well in sun or shade, with masses of big, dark-red blooms. It is hard to miss in flower and, being fast growing, makes a good dense informal privacy hedge. It too can be pruned as hard as you like and will only thank you for it – and reward you with cutting material. The large leaves can wilt a little if grown in the sun but it is surprisingly hardy and dry tolerant, as well as perfectly happy with wet…

Brazilian red cloak (Megaskepasma erythrochlamys) is a large shrub that will flower well in sun or shade, with masses of big, dark-red blooms. It is hard to miss in flower and, being fast growing, makes a good dense informal privacy hedge. It too can be pruned as hard as you like and will only thank you for it – and reward you with cutting material. The large leaves can wilt a little if grown in the sun but it is surprisingly hardy and dry tolerant, as well as perfectly happy with wet…

Pentas Flower colours are white, through all the pinks to a vermilion red and also a lavender purple, and I’ve found it to be very drought hardy. Make yourself wait for the flowers and pinch prune off the top pair of leaves during its growth spurt in spring to get a nice bushy shrub. Regular deadheading keeps it more compact and also flowering for many months. Being part of the ‘grow fast, flower a lot and then die young’ club, a pentas plant last no more than 3-4 years, take cuttings in…

Pentas Flower colours are white, through all the pinks to a vermilion red and also a lavender purple, and I’ve found it to be very drought hardy. Make yourself wait for the flowers and pinch prune off the top pair of leaves during its growth spurt in spring to get a nice bushy shrub. Regular deadheading keeps it more compact and also flowering for many months. Being part of the ‘grow fast, flower a lot and then die young’ club, a pentas plant last no more than 3-4 years, take cuttings in…

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