Ornamental Plants

In this Wardian Case you will find flowers and foliage that were used to recreate the typical home-from-home ‘English garden’ in Australia. Ironically, most of these plants are not native to the UK and were introduced from other parts of the world long before they were exported to Australia in the 1800s.

Dwarf Rhododendron Gristede


A compact evergreen shrub with small, glossy green leaves and trusses of funnel-shaped, violet-blue flowers in mid to late spring.

Dwarf Rhododendron Gristede bright violet-blue flowers.

Rhododendron ‘Princess Anne’


A small, compact evergreen shrub, to 1.2m tall, with neat, light matt green foliage, bronze when young and often also in winter. Funnel-shaped pale yellow flowers, to 3cm in width, marked green in the throat. We’re delighted to have these Rhododendron’s on board as our Royal Patron is in fact HRH The Princess Royal, Princess Anne!

Rhododendron 'Princess Anne' pale yellow flowers.

Drumstick Primula Blue


Flowers to 18mm in width, pale or deep blue with a yellow eye, borne in dense rounded heads on the erect stems.

Drumstick Primula, blue flowers with yellow eyes on rounded heads.



Primula are herbaceous or semi-evergreen perennials, forming a basal rosette of simple leaves, with bell-shaped (or salver-shaped) flowers which may be solitary or grouped on a single stem.

Polyanthus a rosete of simple leaves with bell-shaped yellow flowers.


The Ornamental Wardian Case is thanks to Redcatch Community Garden. Based in Knowle, south Bristol, Redcatch have been a part of our botanical research taking part in community workshops, offering their expertise and providing beautiful plants for our floating garden.

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