How to protect a cordyline for winter

Find out how to wrap a cordyline to protect it from winter cold and wet.

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Cabbage palm, Cordyline australis, is a stunning foliage plant, bearing spiky, variegated leaves with bold cream stripes and margins. A native of New Zealand, it makes an excellent container plant for patios and elsewhere.

Cordylines are ideal for growing in pots and are well suited to growing in sunny border with other tropical plants such as cannas, or on the patio. Mature plants bear branches of sweet-smelling, ivory-white flowers in summer, which are extremely attractive to bees. Its autumn berries are loved by starlings.

For best results grow cordylines in a sunny, well-drained spot sheltered from cold winter winds. Alternatively, grow cordylines in a large container which you can move indoors in autumn.

Watch Chris Beardshaw’s video guide to protecting cordylines over the winter months, including tips on protecting against wet weather and strong, cold winds.