Anisodontea capensis El Royo

2m tall, flowering for 6 months straight in a north-facing garden on thin Yorkshire Wolds chalk and unquestionably the finest plant I grow: Anisodontea capensis El Royo.

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I bought 9 of these from Derry Watkins’s Special Plants last summer, and planted them in the garden after keeping them in the car during a week’s holiday in Somerset. I’m doing everything wrong for what is meant to be a half-hardy shrub, but for some reason it is thriving. One of horticulture’s many mysteries.