Bananas have become a mainstay of our Jewel Garden, providing dramatic, sculptural structure with their enormous leaves from late spring until autumn.All bananas thrive in rich, moist soil and so they love our rich clay loam.
Bringing them out of winter protection, encouraging them into fresh growth, hardening them off and then planting them out into the borders once the risk of all frost has gone has become one of our annual gardening rituals.But it was not always so.
I came to bananas as a border plant almost by accident.We visited the Canary Islands for a holiday some 25 years ago and I bought some banana seeds at the airport. Monty (pictured) standing in the Jewel garden borders with a thriving Banana plant Tiny plums? The problem is likely to be a lack of pollination RELATED ARTICLES
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M. basjoo is one of the hardiest of all bananas and the one most likely to survive winter – in a southerly, sheltered garden.<div class="art-ins mol-factbox floatRHS sport" data-version="2" id="mol-66325910-e18f-11ea-ab0c-a5019b918286" website drama! Monty Don's had his struggles with banana plants
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