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.

Mae is an all-round people-pleaser, indeed she's been our most popular outdoor plant at Patch since we launched in 2016. Statuesque and easy-to-maintain, she is a superb plant for beginners and veterans alike.

Try Rebecca as an attractive alternative to 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.

You might not be able to live in the Mediterranean but you can certainly bring a slice of it to London with lovely Ollie. He's known as 'the tree of eternity' due to his capacity to regenerate after fire, which we hope you'll never have to experience.

'Brad' Pittosporum Tobira is an attractive, fragrant and practical addition to the garden, who comes into his own on windy site as his elastic-like stems can withstand a real battering.

Thoughout Spring and Summer, Tim blooms pink cup-shaped flowers on top of evergreen tufts of grass. As a perennial, he'll come back for more every year, making him an excellent addition to a low-maintenance urban garden.

Ron is somewhat of a classic, who comes into his own in late Spring, showing off the most superb display of white flowers. A real charmer.

The Polyanthus is a close relative to our primrose, Prim, and as such they both share many traits and habits. Dainty but hardy, small but impressive, Poly-Ann's beautiful flowers reach a little taller and, in doing so, are very effective at attracting bees and butterflies.

Clement has been a true friend to 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, Clement's delicate white flowers come to life and will continue to be in bloom right through the spring after which, his glossy foliage will help keep your space looking green as the seasons change around him

One of the country's favourite flowers, pink Prim is a must-have in any English garden. Despite her delicate complexion, she's harder than she looks: content in many different sites and soils.

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Contains one Bay Tree, one Chamaerops Humilis, three Muehlenbeckia Complexa, one Olive Tree, one Pittosporum Tobira, two Armeria Maritima, one Rhododendron, three Polyanthus, one Camellia Japonica and six Primula. Pots, compost and drainage material are also included. 


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