This tender shrub from Brazil can add real zing to herbaceous border with its handsome foliage, open structure and tropical purple blooms. To keep the Tibouchina urvilleana healthy, it will need to be taken in during the winter months as we have done recently, before the frosts got too bad. The Gravetye specimens are currently over wintering in the peach house, where these photographs were taken by Martin. The blooms are its real selling feature and are what initially drew me to the plant, adding an exotic touch to the flower borders and, if protected, they keep coming all year. To propagate, take semi-ripe cuttings in September and ensure to provide bottom heat.
Words by Sam, photographs by Martin