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Friday, June 15, 2018

The Flower Bus via RHS Garden Harlow Carr Flower Show -

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Thursday, June 14, 2018

RHS Hampton Court Palace Flower Show to showcase the best of grow your own -

Thursday, June 14, 2018

London’s Limmo Peninsula enhanced by Wildflower Meadow -

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Bradstone features in medal winning garden at RHS Chatsworth Flower Show -

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Record numbers gaining the RHS’s most prestigious qualification -

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Preview: National Plant Show and Nursery Supply Show -

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Tuesday, June 12, 2018

International call for ideas to re-imagine London’s Grosvenor Square -

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

HTA National Plant Show exhibitors all sign up to responsible sourcing statement -

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Ecoscape

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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