Six on Saturday: 29.9.18 patio plants

Over the next few months we are supposed to be getting the outside of the house rendering redone and the patio redone. It is currently just concrete with large parts cracking and falling apart. The plan is for the wall to be sorted and pavers down.

On the patio the plants have ended up being a fairly random selection. The alpine and succulent planters have thrived, but the other plants have ended up being plants that didn’t suit the border. As such, there is really any cohesion to them the main garden is largely wildlife friendly, cottage garden flowers and plants. I’m looking to have more foliage and a few more exotic looking plants on the patio. Rather than lots of cluttered small pots a few bigger one. The patio plants seem to suffer with the sea wind, so I’ll need a few tough specimens on the corner to protect other plants.

So here are six plants probably staying on the patio.

1. Tree fern-Dicksonia antarcita

I planted this tree fern in the border, but I don’t think it got enough water, so I’ve taken it out of the fern corner and put it into a pot. I can wrap it for the winter and then give it a bit more attention on the patio to try and try to get it looking less sorry for itself.

2. Fatsia Japonica

The leave of fatsia has superb foliage. It’s an excellent background plant. I’m imagining this moved into one of the bigger pots once I’ve evicted the current inhabitant. Then in front a variety of ferns, maybe the odd lily or something for colour. Only small at the moment, but will grow quickly enough next year.

3. Yuccas/cordyline?

These two plants were on the decking in my last house when I bought it. They were shadowed heavily by a number of plants, including tomatoes, that have now been moved. They had yellowed quite a bit, but have recovered fine now. They seem to be survivors having tolerated quite a bit of abuse from weather and neglect.

4. Asplenium scolopendrium Harts tongue fern

I’ve got one of these growing in the fern corner. I like the long tongue leaves. It stays attractive for much of the year. The fronds brown over winter and are replaced by fresh fronds in spring. Quite small at the moment, but at £2.50 I can wait for growth.

5. Aspidistra “China moon”

A few weeks back on Gardeners World, Monty had his houseplants out and it was talked about, on twitter, how some varieties of aspidistra could be kept outside all year. Aspidistras became the symbol of middle class living for the Victorians. I rather like the idea of a patio aspidistra, so I’m testing this variety of winter. It came in a big clump. I’ve divided some off to keep inside as insurance. Not the ideal time to divide, but I think it’s got enough root on. “China Moon” is a darker spotted variety. Hopefully do well in the shade of the wall.

6. Cordyline-Red star

I thought the thin red leaves would make a nice contrast to the other green foliage plants. Recommended for coastal gardens it should survive hopefully survive the winter weather and winds, so long as I keep it in a more sheltered position.

Looking back through my six I’ve mainly got thin leaved plants, so could do with some broader leaved foliage. Maybe time to get some hostas. It’s all a bit of a mess at the moment, but no point sorting until the paving is done. Happy gardening people!

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24 thoughts on “Six on Saturday: 29.9.18 patio plants”

    1. 5 is an aspidistra. If it’s 3 your talking about I doubt it, unless there are much hardier ones than I’ve seen. It’s kept outside all year with no protection. Went down into that -10 to -15 bracket last winter at night.


  1. I thought of dracena for #3 … but your comment to Mala about the hardiness makes me think that it is not possible. Maybe a young cordyline
    I’m a little worried about the dicksonia fern … I hope it’s going to recover.
    And I love Fatsia !As I said to another Sixter this morning, it’s a plant I would like to grow but I have to find a good place in the garden or dig up another one

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    1. While I did buy the unknown plant its about 4 or 5 years I’ve had it, so cordyline has been my best guess to date.
      Not sure the dicksonia will hold on, but I’ll wrap it for winter and hopefully it’ll put growth back on next year. Or else I’ll investigate hardier tree ferns.
      I’m trying the fatsia in a pot. I believe you can keep chopping back to keep size down.

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  2. Your cordyline Red Star is a good contrasting colour to the other plants. I’m surprised you can grow these plants where you are with cold winter temps. I’m not sure they’d survive here- far too cold in winter. Quite a few people have posted Fatsia- it has wonderfully lush leaves.

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    1. The fatsia will shrivel up, but should recover. Others will need fleece. Wind is more of in issue than the cold being by the coast. I think the salty sea breeze affects the frost at night. Test them this winter and see what makes the cut. I don’t have a greenhouse and don’t like having to protect plants massively, so we’ll see what survives.


  3. Harts tongue ferns grow like weeds in my garden! At £2.50 a pot I could make a small fortune! I also have a Fatsia which grows quite quickly. I have hacked it down quite a lot – it seems to tolerate hard pruning and simply sends out new shoots. I think you will need a nice big container for one.

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  4. I have the opposite situation to yours, regarding thin leafed plants. Other’n the fatsia, I’ve got none of your plants in my garden. I was thinking how nice a contrast one or 2 of yours would make here. And I’d really love a tree fern, so let us know if you find a really tough guy one.


  5. I don’t know whether it was because Blue Suede Shoes was playing on the telly but that second yucca looks like it’s dancing.


    1. Should be possible I imagine. Temperature I’d think would be fine. Lots coming from Asia I would think some would be available, though possibly not widely available. Mine was from a specialist nursery, not commonly stocked in UK.


  6. What awesome plants you have. As a plant lover myself, I enjoyed seeing your collection. Since it is now November at the time of this comment, hopefully they are all well & happy 🙂 How’d the whole process go? I hope well!

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    1. The rendering is starting in the next few weeks. Hopefully followed by the paving, but not planning to set things until Spring. Bought a few discount plants ready that will recover. A few hostas will be featuring in a future six I’m sure.


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