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.
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 !
Elegant evergreen shrub with deep green fragrant leaves that bears small flowers of white to pink in colour. It is resistant to moderate frost. This plant is called Manuka and it is known for medicinal purposes but also because it makes a special bee honey. There are also reports of therapeutic properties.
This white honeysuckle is a classic of all times. It is a fast growing, robust vine with sweet smelling white flowers. Thesea are developed in pairs and turn cream coloured as they age. It can be kept low as a shrub. It is also used medicinally, both by modern science and by traditional Chinese medicine.
Too beautiful to be true: this blue leaved plant is spineless and loaded with exotic purple spots. It is an excellent natural hybrid between intergeneric hybrid between Manfreda variegata and Agave celsii. Potted plants will stay below 1 m in diameter but field-grown plants can attain almost 2 m ! It is really hardy to frost: it stood -13 C in North...
Tall 16x30 cm pot - Gomera is a traditional Canarian strain of vigorous mango trees, producing rounded yellow fruits of small-medium size, with excellent flavour. This mango is hardier than most mango cultivars to drought and cold.
Versatile shrub or small tree, with grey-green dende foliage and spectacular crimson pincushion flowers in spring and summer. It takes short frosts to about -5 C, drought, and harsh coastal conditions. This plant was selected in New Zealand from a plant wild-collected in Rarotonga, Polynesia and it was initially spread as Metrosideros thomasii.
This is a much shorter clone of the famous banana named Orinoco, Topocho or Bluggoe. Tolerant of wind, drought and cold. Fruits are very different from the common bananas from the supermarket, triangular or square in section - they can be eaten cooked or raw!
Distinct hardy edible banana from mountain regions of NE India, known from at least Thailand, Vietnam and the Philippines. Its Thai name means Elephant's toe Banana. It is very uncommon in cultivation and possibly one of the hardiest to drought and cold. White wax coats much of the pseudo-stem.
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