What to look out for in the garden this September

Colourful and exotic plants on the Terrace

It is during September that the exotic planting on the House Terrace reaches an impressive lushness and grandeur which befits the dramatic backdrop of the ruins at Nymans.

The Terrace packed full of exotic plants
The Terrace packed full of exotic plants
The Terrace packed full of exotic plants

Instantly striking are the huge, woolly leaves of Tetrapanax papyrifer and the smooth, paddle-shaped ones of Musa basjoo. Alongside are the lanceolate leaflets of the more graceful Schefflera chapana and S. taiwaniana and the heart-shaped leaflets of Amicia zygomeris.

Adding contrast are the bronze tones of the large leaved Canna indica purpurea and Ensete ventricosum ‘Maurelii’, and the palmate leaved Ricinus communis ‘New Zealand Purple’.

Relishing the dark corners under the canopy is a plethora of plectranthus. Amongst them are the delicate spreading Plectranthus fruticosus, P. Mona Lavender and P. zuluensis. They thrive where others fear to tread.

More common plants have a place on the terrace too. Euphorbia mellifera and Persicaria microcephala ‘Red Dragon’ both add a touch of exotic and grow vigorously through their neighbours.

Annuals including Coleus ‘Rainbow New Masterblend’, Perilla atropurpurea lanciniata and Senecio cirrus add warmth of colour at ground level. Tender shrubs and perennials which have spent winter undercover add to the drama. These include the structural Salvia confertiflora and S. sagittata, and the beautiful, rich purple flowers of Tibouchina urvilleana.

Other architectural plants include the majestic Dicksonia antarctica and spindly Pseudopanax crassifolius, and the deep purple, of Eucomis comosa ‘Sparkling Burgundy’ and Aeonium ‘Zwartkop’.