Be the envy of your gardening friends and grow a gorgeous Cordyline for instant Mediterranean impact.
With burgundy-and-apricot-coloured leaves, the Cordyline 'Charlie Boy' is a splendid plant for the patio thanks to its compact nature and evergreen foliage. Over time, it will develop a distinctive silhouette thanks to its string stem that will become more noticeable as the older leaves ta the bottom shed.
An ideal specimen for growing in pots on patios and balconies, why not experiment and make a real tropical paradise by growing them alongside other tropical plants such as cannas, and broad-leaved Zantedeschias.
Over time, your cordyline will grow and branch into a small, evergreen tree resembling a palm – hence cordyline's other name of cabbage palm – creating a unique look all year-round and for many years, adding colour to your garden when all else begins to fade.
Easy to grow, cordylines need little maintenance and pruning is limited to removing any dead leaves in the spring. Able to withstand a -7C winter, we do however suggest frost protection with fleeces or wrapping or bringing it into a garage or porch during the coldest months.
Plant in a pot and grow outside through the summer before moving to a protected space such as a greenhouse or conservatory for the winter. As plants mature, they become more frost hardy so can be left outside in all but the coldest weather and will withstand all but severe frost.
Supplied as an established plant in a 17cm pot, standing at approx 60-70cm tall, ready to plant.