Dec 122014


Now here’s a plant that I hadn’t seen before – Anisodontea ‘El Royo’, or Cape Mallow. Its hibiscus-like flowers persist throughout winter on this west-facing wall in Olive Mason’s garden, Dial Park – apparently they shrivel up when there’s a frost, but bounce right back again. A quick Google has revealed that you can buy it at Cotswold Garden Flowers.

It looks so fresh and summery in the winter gloom. If I had a sheltered, west facing wall, I would definitely plant one. As it is, I have an exposed, west facing wall, so I don’t think I’ll risk it.

  2 Responses to “Anisodontea ‘El Royo’”

  1. It’s gorgeous, and you’re right, quite summery, I didn’t realise it was a winter photo at all. I love the look of it against the brick.

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