This shrub is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.
- Position: full sun
- Soil:moderately fertile, freely draining
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: June to October
- Hardiness: half hardy (will need protection in winter)
An unusual (and very pretty) addition to a sunny, sheltered garden, this Brazilian shrub has slender arching stems that are clothed in large (to 12cm long) fresh green leaves, and bell shaped red and yellow flowers, throughout the summer and into autumn. It’s ideal for growing against a south-facing wall, but it can also be grown in a large pot and overwintered in the conservatotry.
- Garden care: Lightly trim back shoots that spoil the symmetry in mid- or late spring. Water freely during the summer months, but keep dryer, and protect from low temperatures in winter.