This is our selection of plants that can stand some cold. Some will only resist to cool weather and light frost, but some others will take hard frost in colder climates. They are all very different but they deserve to be tried because all these tropical-looking plants have non tropical requirements. They will surely thrive outdoors in coastal Mediterranean climates or in a mildly heated greenhouse where frost does not occur.
Spectacular dwarf selection of an everblooming Australian species. It makes a perfect flowering groundcover in sunny conditions but it is also great in rockeries or in pots as a fill-up plant. It originates in a harsh mediterranean climate and it is very adaptable ... let's say from -5 to 45C!
This plant looks just like an olive tree ! It is a large shrub in the Protea family, native to a small area in W Australia. The silvery foliage is attractive and showy orange-pink inflorescences in winter to spring. It is resistant to harsh Mediterranean conditions and can take frost, wind, salt and drought.
This is an unusual and elegant terrestrial bromeliad with spineless silvery leaves. Leaves are soft and velvety to touch. Established plants will bloom with huge "sprays" of pink flowers. Hechtia tillandsioides is native to Mexico (States of Hidalgo and Mexico). It takes frost and feels at home in Mediterranean climates !
This species is closely related to Hoya carnosa . Flowers are larger, white with red center and very fragrant. The leaves are round with speckles and are also fuzzy. It is native to China and Southern Japan. It is a cool growing species that can also take short light frost.
Blue Pfitzer Juniper is an outstanding ornamental shrub. It is a dwarf plant and it can be pruned as a ground cover. If left unpruned it will become a small tree, up to two meters tall with an architectural shape. It is densely branched and growth is squat, almost horizontal. It is an old hybrid obtained by crossing Juniperus chinensis with Juniperus sabina.
Thick 15-25 cm 1-y old rooted plant - It is a spectacular species, relative of the genus Aloe with leaves arranged as fans. Kumara plicatilis grows as a shrub or small tree and thrives outdoors in the coastal Mediterranean. It blooms in winter and its flowers are much larger than most aloes !
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