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stuff.If it rains or is too cold then you can always take refuge in the vast glasshouse and look at pineapples and vulgarly shaped dangling bananas. There was also a spectacularly flowered Sparmannia africana - if you have a big conservatory
close-up and personal with more unusual varieties than the common Galanthus nivalis, perhaps I would be converted.Don’t get me wrong. Over the years I’ve had passions for particular plants, such as pineapple flowers (Eucomis), but I haven’t gone so far
, with Rachel de Thame's advice.Plant up a tropical display of canna, pineapple lily and sedum plants.
beans, but this is probably more to do with weather conditions than my gardening prowess (honestly!). Still, it's always worth trying something new. Perhaps my rooted pineapple top will soon produce fruit too!
flowering season – too short to offer value in my book. What I want is a display that lasts for as long as possible, and for longevity the pineapple flower, Eucomis, is hard to beat. Many different varieties are available, particularly from mail order
The most famous member of the bromeliad family is the pineapple (Ananas comosus). But there's a wide range of different types of bromeliad available, in florists and garden centres – and they’re extremely easy to grow. Follow our simple tips and you