survive pretty low temperatures, provided that the growing point is protected.
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.
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.
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
Dramatic black glazed pots, with stand-alone specimens such as a cordyline
or date palm, can look stunning in a contemporary setting, while troughs and pots made of metal can also look good in minimalist gardens.
His banana tree is moved to the warmth of the family conservatory - and the cordyline
palm is wrapped up warm in the garage.
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''.
QI have a 7ft tall cordyline
which has recently turned brown and the centre came away in my hand.
One key element: red-leafed ti plants (Cordyline
fruticosa), which glow like torches, waking up the mostly green palette of Manila palms, crotons, and ferns.