Olive Mason, of Dial Park garden, was beginning to think she had too many box balls in her garden. So inspired by some bolted leeks on her veg patch, she turned some of them into allium heads.
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.