Over the past 20 years, since I planted two small young cordyline
australis palms in my garden, I have watched them reach upwards of 5 metres (16') and provide real focal points in the garden, almost giving it a sub-tropical feel
are almost hardy in many of the more sheltered and built-up areas in Scotland where temperatures do not fall too far below freezing.
I'm delighted to tell you that one of my Cordylines
has sprouted six or eight little babies just days before she was destined to be recycled down at Lifford Lane.
Mrs Gladys Blakey AHI, Mrs Blakey, Delighted to hear your cordyline
More mature cordylines
can be used as architectural focal points in coastal and Mediterranean schemes.
We've long seen the popular canna used as the central point in containers or to add a tropical feel to borders along with lilies, dahlias and coleus providing masses of exotic-looking flowers and foliage, but bananas will also sit alongside palms and cordylines
in the mildest regions.
QI have a 7ft tall cordyline
which has recently turned brown and the centre came away in my hand.
Also known as Cordyline
australis, it's a good choice for patio containers and can be used as a temporary pot plant in summer bedding displays.
In cooler climes, sub Cordyline
'Festival Grass', Canna 'Tropicanna' or 'Tropicanna Black', or some Solenostemon.
EYECATCHING Bold and beautiful crocosmia, far left, and left, a stunning cordyline
Good EXOTIC - The cordyline
adds backdrops include: Trachycarpus wagnerianus, a neater version of the Chusan palm (T fortunei), with smaller, stiffer leaves, able to withstand a windy site; or Chamaerops humilis, a slow-growing dwarf fan palm which comes from southern Europe but is happy in colder areas.
Stand-alone architectural plants can also create a stunning impact at this time of year, including phormium hybrids and the striking red-purple Cordyline
australis ``Torby Red''.