Golden lanterns

Contributed by Ginny Oakes

On March 29, 2018

Abutilon is a genus in the family Malvaceae from tropical and subtropical regions of the world. They do, therefore, need the protection of a warm wall when grown outside in this country but, given such treatment, Abutilon ‘Kentish Belle’ will flower non-stop for months. This image was taken in a members garden and when I first saw it, at the end of November, it looked from a distance to be covered in golden lanterns shining like early Christmas lights in the late afternoon gloom.

‘Kentish Belle’ is semi-evergreen with dark green, long-pointed triangular leaves, and bell-like flowers with a red calyx and yellow petals,  the veins faintly stained red. It will will grow to about 2.5m and can be pruned to a framework in the spring. It was awarded an Award of Garden Merit from the RHS in 1993.

It was raised by A.V. Pike, who used to be Head Gardener at Hever Castle. So she really is a Kentish Belle.


1 Comment

  1. Dana Laite

    Yes a wonderful plant, and quite easy from cuttings too.

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