Beschorneria yuccoides – something from Jurassic Park? Starship Trooper? Little Shop of Horrors?

Something from the movies, sci-fi maybe - these red/green/yellow flower spikes, erupting from these spiky, sharply pointed blue-green strappy leaves - and this isn't the end to their weird display. I hope I get back to RHS Wisley in time to see them develop... a sneak preview in the link below - http://www.cooltropicalplants.com/Beschorneria-yuccoides.html

Fatsia japonica – one of the most striking and ornamental of all hardy evergreens

Fatsia Japonica - big, glossy leaves and an altogether tropical feel - yet happy in cool shade - dry shade even - and a striking plant of great architectural merit. Since I have Graham Stuart Thomas' book on Ornamental Shrubs still to hand, I'll leave it to the great man to cover this one for…

Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Oh my darling, Clementine!

A cousin to the common roadside mullein, this is an unusual and showy plant for the well-drained sunny border. Green leaves are held in a low rosette, bearing tall upright spikes with delicate blooms of soft apricot orange with a magenta eye. May require staking. Remove faded blooms to encourage more buds. Needs good drainage,…