These Pheasant Berry bushes were 10 a penny in the grounds of Belfast Zoo, there pendulistic bracts and flowers were showing great colour. Pheasant berry grow best in wet or damp soils, so a site like the zoo which is set on a marshy hillside is ideal for them. I also saw them growing in vast quantities in the grounds of National Museum of Country Life in county Mayo recently too. Growing anywhere from 4-6' tall these Pheasant Berry plants are striking in the summer and autumn - they have lush berries in the Autumn.
I saw this Banana in flower in Belfast zoo..granted it was planted in the 'Rainforest Greenhouse' so it was in an ideal setting...but it got me thinking about the exotic nature of it, and whether its possible to grow soemthing similar here in Derry?...Well I did a wee bit of looking about and found these Hardy Japanese Bananas for sale, now i'd say these would looking super cool in a sheltered courtyard or sheltered back garden, I wouldn't fancy the big leaves chances of staying in good shape with a fierce breeze blowing through them, but in an urban back garden could be totally cool.
belfast zoo is not only home to the usual suspects of elephants, zebras and the likes but also some pretty cool plants. ..heres a few things that caught my eye...If you fancy a growing a banana tree, check out these Hardy Japanese Banana plants
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