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Create a Mediterranean feel in your garden with this drought tolerant, evergreen shrub. Oleanders are not hardy but containers can be placed outdoors during the summer months. The single or double flowers range in colour from white to red and plants can grow into large bushy shrubs around 6m (20ft) tall.
Oleanders are ideal for large containers or planted into a sunny border in frost-free greenhouses or conservatory. They can occasionally be grown outdoors all year round in the extreme south west of England and in sheltered city gardens particularly in central London.
All parts of this plant are poisonous if eaten and contact with the foliage may irritate the skin.
Flowering occurs in late summer (July to October) on new shoots of the current season’s growth, so prune in late winter or early spring. Gloves should be worn when pruning as the sap is potentially harmful.
Oleanders can be propagated in several ways:
Nerium oleander ‘Variegatum’ AGM: Attractive leaves with white to pale yellow margins and double pink flowers. Height 1-3m (3-9ft) and spread 1-2m (3-6ft).
Nerium oleander ‘Album’: Single white flowers and grey-green foliage, approximate height 2-6m (6-20ft) and spread 1-3m (3-10ft).
Nerium oleander ‘Splendens’: Double pink flowers and grey-green foliage, approximate height 2-6m (6-20ft) spread 1-3m (3-10ft).
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Generally easy to grow but may suffer the following problems.
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