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Some plants just stand out from the rest. These special plants deserve extra effort and attention. Plant like Geranium palmatum or Canary Island geranium, although not fully hardy certainly qualify as special plants. The architectural foliage is followed (in the second year) by a stunning display of wide purple flower spikes. Coming from the Canary Islands these plants require plenty of sun. They also need good drainage.

A love and appreciation for these plants came initially from work at Logan Botanic garden on Scotlands west coast. More recent connection with Tresco Abbey Gardens on the Isles of Scilly furthered this appreciation. The connection between these two stunning gardens is their proximity to the sea both gardens are strongly influenced by the maritime climate. These plants thrive in a maritime climate but with a little care and attention can be grown in more temperate environments.

Logan Botanic Garden.
Rupert Bannister

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