Did you ever feel like walking around in a walk that somehow everything repeats itself in the various front gardens, where they like to pass by attentively? Always the same trees, shrubs and plants that you have seen countless times in the conventional garden centers around their hometown. Of course, thankful beauties are already among them. And yet there must be something really new, something out of the ordinary that does not necessarily have everyone – but can also thrive in our latitudes?

Demands on location, soil and care

In times of internet and online orders much has become possible. To order rarer garden exotics in the specialized garden trade for example also. And: Useful care tips are available from the expert on top of that.

Perhaps he will point out in a straightforward conversation that the increasing climate change, however serious and sad the background and impact may be, also offers opportunities for experimental gardeners to try out unusual shrubs or even small trees. So much of the Mediterranean, which was unthinkable decades ago, can now be planted all year round, assuming appropriate precautionary measures.

This includes, for example, for all presented exotics a deeply loose soil without difficult access such as lawn edges with a lawn mower or lawn trimmer.

The best growth opportunities are already offered by older, few-year-old copies that are available from online retailers. For the first 2 to 3 years, in late autumn you should cover the area around the trunk with a thick layer of leaves and cover it with a few jute sacks and / or fir branches.

In extreme frosts from about minus -5 degrees, a stable cardboard box can be placed over the young plant and weighed. Alternatively, it is also suitable for binding with a large jute sack. The interior can then be additionally lined with foliage and fir twigs.

Usually, the subtropical exotics make low demands on soils, as they occupy almost any soil in their natural habitats, and even grow on stony, rocky sandy soils.

Tip 1: With beautiful looking fruits that are even edible – The Strawberry Tree (Arbutus unedo)

In winter, the evergreen tree of strawberry comes in our latitudes. In late autumn, it produces white flowers, which appear to be strung on a string of pearls, reminiscent of the flowers of lily-of-the-valley in a cascading manner. In the following summer, they develop strawberry-like, scaly red berry fruits, from which, for example, the famous liquor (medronho) is distilled in Portugal, a typical local specialty . The strawberry tree is extremely dry tolerant, gets along with almost any soil and is very frugal when it comes to fertilizer or watering.

Tip 2: Actually a houseplant? – The Zimmeraralie (Fatsia japonica)

What few people know: The houseplant, also known as the Japanese Aralie, thrives in sheltered locations close to the house wall and in the garden all year round. Especially in the wine-growing climate, it can be up to two meters high. Particularly attractive are the dark green shiny, jagged long-stemmed leaves. They sit directly on the trunk and can be up to 40 inches wide.

Older plants can also flower. Here a umbel grows from the upper end of the shoot tip. The inflorescence can grow up to 40 cm high. The flowers consist of many, small white single flowers, which are arranged like a grape . The flowers may be followed by black berries, which are poisonous.

Tip 3: Yes, there are also hardy citrus plants – The trifoliate orange (Poncirus trifoliata)

It is a bizarre, thorn-ridden beauty: The citrus plant, also known as bitter orange, casts off the leaves in autumn and appears naked and bare in winter. Nevertheless, in the spring it drives all the more vigorously again and charms with beguend fragrant white flowers. Highlight then are the first green and then slowly in a bright orange yellow developing fruits that develop in the course of summer and mature in the autumn. Although they are not directly edible, they are a real eye-catcher and, as with quinces and strawberry trees, they are also ideal for preserving up to three feet high .

Tip 4: A hedge alternative for a milder wine-growing climate – the Klebsame (Pittosporum tobira)

Reminiscent of the last Mediterranean holiday, the species of Klebsamen, also known as Chinese Klebsame, is an evergreen shrub approximately two to three meters high, some of which are also used as ornamental shrubs in gardens in the Mediterranean region.

The plant stands out

– thick leathery, dark leaves

– dense, stocky growth

– rapid growth

– excellent cutting compatibility

, which predestines her as an ideal form plant, especially for unusual hedge planting. But even as a specimen plant in a sheltered place near the

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