Plants easily grown in containers for you to train into geometric pyramids & spheres or into bunnies, turtles & elephants --let us know if you plan to stake these, to train them on mossed forms-- or to trim and sheer them into exotic ornate shapes, so we can select the appropriate 5 plants - also note whether these will be grown in tropical greenhouses or outdoor courtyards. We select from such traditional subjects as Syzgium, Ibosa, Punica, Anisodontea, Ilex, Eleagnus, Laurus and Osmanthus, Cupressus, Triplochlamus, Ficus, (craterstoma, 'Too Little,' microcarpa), Tetradenia, Hibiscus, Lavatera, Pelargonium, Teucrium fruticans, Euphorbia cotinifolia, Fuchsia triphylla, Ocimum, Solanum rantonneti, Abutilon 'Victor' & uprights, Pittosporum, Podocarpus, Acalypha, Lantana, Brugsmansia, Citris, Fortunella, Fatshedera, Nerium, Rivinia, Tibouchina, and so on; let us know if your sheered imagination demands the traditional hardy conifers such as Chamaecyparis, Thuja, Juniper, and Taxus and we will try to oblige.
Some of you grow only indoors, some only in terrariums; many of you have hobby greenhouses; while a growing number of customers live in subtropical or tropical areas of the world. These brief codes are an attempt to suggest whether or not a particular plant will do well in your particular conditions.
If an entry has the cluster HP CGH, this means normal house plant culture will be successful if the plant is given a cool CGH moist location; however if the entry has the cluster CGH HP, you would interpret this to suggest that while Cool Greenhouse conditions are needed for total success with this plant, House Plant conditions will be adequate, while not ideal. If the cluster is HH CGH you would interpret this to mean that while in Zone 8 or below this will be winter hardy outdoor, further north it will need considerable mulch, a cold frame, or a Cool Greenhouse to thrive. And so on.×