Exotic Plants in the U.K.

The United Kingdom is an island country that is located off the northwestern coast of Europe. It is also known as Britain. Because it is surrounded by the northern Atlantic Ocean and the North Sea, the climate of the U.K. varies. The average summer temperature is around 60 degrees Fahrenheit, and the average winter temperature is around 40. This makes the United Kingdom an excellent climate for growing plants.

Kentish Belle

The Kentish Belle is an exotic evergreen shrub that can grow up to 8 feet tall. It grows very quickly and is a showy plant. The leaves are narrow and oval and can grow up to 1.5 inches long. The shrub flowers in the spring with flowers that vary in color from orange, red and yellow. It prefers full sun and moist, sandy soils. This plant is often used as a shrub border but can be grown in containers, which limit the size.

Kniphofia Rooperi

The Kniphofia rooperi is a showy, border perennial. The flower is an orange-red spike that blooms in the summertime to early fall. It is often used in flower arrangements in the U.K. The leaves of the plant are long and grasslike, and the plant can grow up to 4 feet tall. The plant grows best in full sun and moist soils but can adapt well to partial sun. It is very tolerant to drought and heat and can survive along the salty climate of the seashore.

Tibouchina Urvilleana

Tibouchina urvilleana is also referred to as the princess flower. It is an ornamental, evergreen shrub that can grow up to 15 feet. The leaves are dark green and velvety and grow up to 6 inches long. The shrub blooms from May to January with large, purple blossoms that are 5 inches in diameter. It is often used as a container plant or in borders as a screen. The princess flower prefers full sun and is drought-tolerant.

Lady Boothby Fuchsia

The Lady Boothby Fuchsia is a showy plant that blooms from early summer to early August. The flowers range in color from purple, pink and red with sepals that are white and pink. The shrub can grow up to 6 feet tall and 3 feet wide. It is a deciduous shrub with small, oval leaves. The lady boothby prefers full sun and moist soils. It is not a drought-tolerant plant and needs frequent watering. It produces a decorative berry that has a strong, bitter flavor so it is generally not eaten.

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