The Garden Guide

Book: Colour schemes for the flower garden
Chapter: Chapter 13 Climbing plants

Abutilon vitifolium

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A shrub for wall use that is much neglected, though of the highest beauty, is Abutilon vitifolium. In our northern and midland counties it may not be hardy, but it does well anywhere south of London. The flowers, each two and a half inches across, are borne in large, loose clusters, their tender lavender colour harmonising perfectly with the greyish, downy foliage. [Editor's Note: Abutilon vitifolium is Indian-mallow]