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This species can sustain itself in sun or semi-shade and it is fairly resistant to frost although heavy snow can sometimes flatten them for a while. However, damage of this nature is generally centralized to the base of the central leaves, tender due to their recent emergence, and is merely aesthetic and new shoots soon form to replace them.. They perform best in a moist soil, so if you’re a water gardener consider festooning the edges of your ponds and streams with this attractive addition. Should you want to propagate the species, the most desirable method is via division. Healthy plants soon grow into a large clump as new fans of leaves develop around the older ones. These eventually develop their own roots and can easily be detached from the parent plant.

7. Passiflora caerulea, more commonly known as the Passion Flower is a South American resident popular among gardeners for its distinctive, exotic-looking blooms, its complicated elements being said to represent the Passion of Christ. The colourful corona was supposed to represent the crown of thorns. The ten sepals and petals represented the apostles (except Judas and Peter), the five anthers were the five wounds on Christ’s body, and the three stigmas the nails. The leaves were supposed to be the spear that pierced his side, and the tendrils the scourges that flayed his flesh. Whatever you believe, there is no doubting the exquisite beauty of this plant. Where supporting vegetation is available this vine can grow up to 20 metres high and will flower all summer long, knotting with the surrounding species and providing a subtle visual bridge between canopy and undergrowth. Passiflora differ from the majority of tropical species in that they thrive in arid soil, famous for littering the upper slopes of the Andes mountains, they prefer a composition of sharp gravel, medium loam and peat. It is best to plant at the end of the winter season as the most common threat to this species is root rot due to poor soil draining and frost damage, while the Passiflora can resist the short term onset of frost, long exposure will perish the roots. In May cut back any frost-damaged shoots and keep new shoots tied into supports as the season progresses.

8. Campsis radicans, or the Trumpet Vine, is another mid level species worth considering in a tropical-style garden, after time forming dense foliage into which other plants can amalgamate and wildlife integrate their nests. It is a creeping vine that in warm weather with cling to practically any surface and layer them fast and thick with tendrils, thus it is ideal for the concealment of arbours or drain pipes that might rob your banana republic of its escapism potential! When blooming, it will produce colourful trumpet shaped flowers, whose pollen is highly attractive to bird and insect life. When cultivating this vine, it is essential to prune regularly and mercilessly, the Trumpet Vine is infamous for it’ invasive nature so unless you want the authentic ‘jungle’ motif, then maintenance must be meticulous. Fortunately the hard work majoratively ends there, as this species is especially hardy, surviving temperatures lower than -30 degrees in its North American habitats. It will thrive in sun or partial shade, in practically any soil, but as for the Passion Flower, remember to tie it in regularly.

9. Hedychium, a.k.a. Ginger, is a perennial genus native to Asia, sought after for their scent and colour. For this reason they are best positioned where their perfume can be appreciated. They grow from rhizomes and can get up to between 120cm and 180cm tall, so are perfect as mid level foliage plants, whilst also adding dots of exotic orange, red, white or yellow perfumed flowers to your palette. However, care should be taken that it not overrun your garden, as it has developed a reputation as a weed in Brazilian climates, although of course it’s virulence all depends on good sunlight. While the plant performs best in full sunlight, semi-shade will provide a sustainable environment. Whether potted or bed bound, the soil should be well mulched, well drained and humus rich. Once flowering has concluded, the stems should be trimmed back and a good thick straw mulch applied. Alternatively, you can lift the rhizomes and store them indoors over winter.

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