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gardening: Plant of the week .... Phygelius.

THE Cape figwort, as it is also known, adds an exotic touch to any garden, with its bunches of brightly coloured nodding tubular flowers lasting well into October and November. It's a perennial which does well in sheltered sunny spots in well-drained soil, and makes a good planting companion for dahlias and bronze-leaved cannas.

The plants grow to around 3ft (90cm) tall and flowers range from deep red to pale yellow, orange and cream. If you want a bushy variety, go for P. aequalis, which produces orange flowers or "Yellow Trumpet", with its creamy yellow blooms. If you want to use it as a wall shrub, allowing it to reach a height of 6ft in mild areas, try P. capensis "Coccineus", which has deep red flowers.

Other options include the red "African Queen" and "Moonraker", which have yellow flowers.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Aug 12, 2006
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