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Acacia dealbata - 1 acacia plant in 9cm pot

Acacia dealbata - 1 acacia plant in 9cm pot

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  • Best shrub for spring colour

Pompom yellow mimosa flowers are produced on this evergreen tree against a backdrop of feathery foliage. In spring the scented, nectar-rich blooms provide a valuable source of food for bees and other insects. In mild parts of the UK, Acacia dealbata plants can be grown outdoors, making a brilliant specimen for sheltered borders. In frost prone areas grow acacia in containers, and move them to a frost free position in winter. Height: Up to 8m (26'). Spread: Up to 5m (16').

Price: £14.99 - £19.99

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' - 1 x 10 litre potted albizia plant

Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' - 1 x 10 litre potted albizia plant

Glorious bronze purple, finely cut foliage of Albizia julibrissin 'Summer Chocolate' is accompanied by feathery purple and cream blooms. This magnificent RHS AGM winning, Persian Silk Tree can be grown as a free standing specimen or trained against a sheltered, sunny wall. A handsome tree, hardy to -5�C (23�F), that can be planted in borders outdoors, or grown in a large patio container for a cool conservatory. Height and spread: 6m (19').

Culinary note: A tea can be made from the leaves and flowers, they can also be steamed and eaten as vegetables, the blooms can be crystallised too. Caution - DO NOT EAT THE SEEDS, they are poisonous. click here.

Price: £24.99 - £69.99

Mimosa nuttallii 'Pink Sparkles' - 1 packet (20 mimosa seeds)

Mimosa nuttallii 'Pink Sparkles' - 1 packet (20 mimosa seeds)

An unusual hardy species of this sensitive plant. Lax arching stems with small thorns (briers), and very sensitive leaves that fold when touched are then graced by attractive pink puffball-like flowers during the summer, attracting beneficial insects to the garden. Height: 30-60cm (12-24in).

Price: £0.99

Mimosa pudica - 1 packet (100 mimosa seeds)

Mimosa pudica - 1 packet (100 mimosa seeds)

"Sensitive Plant", so called because the leaflets fold up in a most spectacular manner when touched or blown by the wind. Run your hand over the plant and the leaves will fold up and the leaf stalk will drop as if on a hinge. The movements are quickest with young plants in bright sunshine. They return to their normal condition in a few minutes.

Price: £0.99

Ixia 'Yellow Emperor' - 10 ixia corms

Ixia 'Yellow Emperor' - 10 ixia corms

Clusters of mimosa yellow, star-shaped flowers with contrasting wine red centres are carried above clumps of narrow, linear foliage in early summer. This South African corn lily makes an unusual addition to sunny borders and containers with its colourful and free flowering display. Cut a few flowers of Ixia 'Yellow Emperor' for a long-lasting arrangement that will certainly be admired by all who see it. Bulb size 05+. Height: 45cm (18"). Spread: 20cm (8").


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Price: £11.99 - £16.99