10 Best Outdoor Plants

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Freddie, Founder of Patch

Not all plants were born equal and here we've put together a shortlist of our 10 favourites....shhh...don't tell the others. Whether it's to fill a single window box or to kit-out an entire urban garden, our top 10 outdoor plants will sort you out. Not only do they look great, they are all exceptionally low-maintenance. A win-win. 

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Laura is better known as a Bay tree and is a timeless plant, with good reason: it's hard to make her look out of place whether she's on a small balcony or a larger terraced garden. As well as being among our edible plants, Laura is also very low maintenance. Win win.

Cam, our Camelia Japonica, has been a firm favourite of the British garden since he arrived from Asia in the 1730s and it's no surprise why - in the midst of winter when little else is in bloom, Cam's delicate pink flowers will be the first flowering plant to breathe life into your space and will continue to be in bloom right through the spring.

Try Rebecca our Australian ivy as an attractive alternative to English ivy as a trailer for troughs and pots. Not only will she love lounging outside, she's also more than happy to come inside – great on shelves and worktops.

Our Fatsia Japonica (Fats for short) is what gardeners call 'a real doer'. Practically bombproof, happy in most locations and with a beautiful habit, he's a great plant for urban or novice gardeners.

Our Sarcococca Confusa or Coco is a real treat in the autumn and winter months - when you need it most. Whilst her glossy, dark green leaves will keep your space looking green throughout the year, clusters of fragrant creamy white flowers bloom between December and March and with them, comes a wonderful vanilla-like fragrance and elegant black berries.

Euonymus Fortunei Emerald Gaiety, or only Emerald is a star - her white and green marbled leaves are as tough as old boots and trail so gracefully. Her nimble nature means that she will hang down or climb up depending where you choose to plant her but what won't change is her easy-going attitude to maintenance and her colour which retains its green and white habit throughout the year.

Though originating from Eastern China and Japan, the Ilex Crenata Ball kindly named as Holly requires minimal maintenance. Her compact glossy leaves will keep your space looking green throughout the year.

Jasper, the Euonymus Japonicus, is a firm favourite here at Patch, thanks to his attractive form and low-maintenance habit. Effective both on his own and planted together as a wind-proof hedge or smaller contemporary windowbox, he's an underrated and underused gem for an urban garden.

Look carefully and you'll find Cubby the Japanese laurel dotted around a number of London's gardens, thanks to his beautiful colouring and easy-to-maintain habit. He's especially happy when planted in shady gardens, making him the ideal candidate for those trickier sites.

Vinnie our Cyclamen is a true rockstar of the plantworld and a fantastic choice for a small space. When colourful flowering plants are few and far between at the end of summer, Vinnie's sweptback flowers come to life in shades of dizzy pink, white and crimson and will be in flower right through until the early spring - a very welcome burst of colour.

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Contains one Bay Tree, one Camelia Japonica, x2 Australian Ivy, one Fatsia Japonica, one Sarcococca Confusa, one Euonymus Fortunei Emerald Gaiety, one Ilex Crenata Ball, one Euonymus Japonicus, one Japanese laurel and one Cyclamen. Pots, compost and drainage material are also included. 


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