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April 24, 2018

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Brewin Dolphin Installation takes visitors back in time at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Hard Landscaping features on Trailfinders South African Wine Estate Garden -

Monday, April 23, 2018

New Lifestyle Gardens revealed for RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show 2018 -

Monday, April 23, 2018

National Children’s Gardening Week -

Monday, April 23, 2018

BALI announces GDPR Awareness Day for members -

Monday, April 23, 2018

GreenBlue Urban announce new Tree Grille -

Monday, April 23, 2018

The Chelsea Fringe – One month to go -

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Ahead of ‘Hens & Garden’s, horticulturist advocates keeping rarer breeds  -

Friday, April 20, 2018

BALI CEO supports Scottish Horticulture Action Plan -

Friday, April 20, 2018

Green-tech launches new spring catalogue -

Friday, April 20, 2018

The numbers behind an award-winning Chelsea Flower Show garden -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Is the gender pay gap an issue within landscaping? -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Outdoor Creations continues growth -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

The chainsaw of the future -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

University College Dublin’s Future Campus International Design Competition shortlist announced -

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Celebrate Life without Walls at RHS Chelsea 2018 -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Great Escape industry exhibit at RHS Chelsea Flower Show -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Gillespies to put ‘the Garden’ into Ebbsfleet Garden City -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

First look at Macmillan’s RHS Chatsworth Legacy Garden -

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Capel Manor College scoops Best in Show at Ascot Spring Garden Show -

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

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The 7 strangest plants in the world

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The horticulture industry showcases an abundance of magnificent plants in projects and show gardens the world over, and designers are often spoilt for choice when it comes to picking between beautiful flowers or show-stopping trees. Not all clients however have the most conventional taste, and mother nature has a plethora of weird and wonderful creations to offer us. Pro Landscaper has rounded up the seven strangest plants from around the world that would make striking features in any landscape.

 

1. Rafflesia arnoldii

Producing the largest individual flower on earth, the Rafflesia arnoldii certainly looks disconcerting with its gaping mouth. This is heightened by the nickname Kerubut, meaning ‘Devil’s Betelnut Box’.

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Rafflesia arnoldii

2. Euphorbia obesa

Occasionally referred to as ‘the baseball plant’, this subtropical species from South Africa is toxic and grows small sprouting flowers called cyathia. The plant can grow up to 15 centimetres wide, and with age has been known to become cylindrical.

Euphorbia obesa

3. Baobab tree

One of the nine species of deciduous tree, the baobab tree is notorious for its immensely thick trunks that can store up to 120,000l of water.

Baobab tree

4. Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

A.K.A ‘the elephant foot yam’, this African tropical tuber blooms annually, forming an unusual, purple, walnut-like flower.

 

Amorphophallus paeoniifolius

5. Aristolochia salvadorensis

A genus evergreen with herbaceous perennials, Aristolochia Salvadorensis has some of the most bizarre flowers that are not dissimilar to a skull, or disturbing mask.

Aristolochia Salvadorensis

6. Hydnora africana

Native to southern Africa, this member of the Euphorbiaceae family has an indescribable shape and bright neon colour to gives it one of the strangest presences in a landscape.

Hydnora africana

7. Dracunculus vulgaris

Resembling a monstrous tongue, this rich purple flower from Greece has a profound impact on any landscape with its tolerance to shade and ability to withstand lengthy droughts.

Dracunculus vulgaris

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