Desert

Desert

Spike-tipped leathery-skinned leaves, and spiny silver-grey foliage shimmering in the sun, growing alongside dramatic swords and daggers and soft succulent rosettes. Amongst stones and gravel, some species form carpets, while others make tight mounds or sparsely branched trunks bearing compact heads of leaves that afford little shade to the plants below. Dramatic floral displays are loud with few pastel shades; the brilliant daisy-like flowers of Lampranthus make ground-level splashes of intense colour, while towering spikes of yucca or agave flowers are mostly pure white. This is frontier (one could say wild west) style gardening in the UK; the requirements for success are exacting though fairly simple, planting in 70% shingle and even rubble, preferably into a raised bed, so that water can run off, in a south-facing orientation in full sun. If the roots of desert plants are free of wet moisture-retentive soil during the winter their hardiness is greatly increased.

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Urban Jungle Suffolk

London Road, Weston,
Beccles, Suffolk, NR34 8TT
Opening hours
Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
Café 10am to 4pm. March-October
10am to 3pm. November-February
Garden Centre Telephone: 01502 219110
Cafe Telephone: 01502 559103
Directions/Map

Urban Jungle Norfolk

Ringland Lane, Old Costessey,
Norwich, Norfolk NR8 5BG
Opening hours
Nursery 10am to 5pm. March-October
10am to 4pm or dusk if earlier. November-February
Café 10am to 4pm. March-October
10am to 3pm. November-February
Garden Centre Telephone: 01603 744997
Cafe Telephone: 01603 857196
Directions/Map

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