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by Margit Mortensen
(England, South Devon)


Hi, I would appreciate if you’re able to help. I have two questions.

  1. We have a shrub in our garden (South Devon) and have been told it’s native to Australia. Picture attached.
    Do you know the name and where it comes from ?
  2. We have 4 Brugmansia (Angel’s trumpet). Will they have a chance to survive in the garden through the winter? We went to Stavanger, Norway last summer and to a “tropical island” – “Flor og Fjære”. They had Brugmansia growing and it looked like they were in the ground. If you ever have the chance to go to that island do it ! It was an amazing experience.

Kind regards,

Margit Mortensen

Comments for Possibly an Australian shrub

Feb 14, 2019

What Zone?
by: Jacki Cammidge, Certified Horticulturist

That’s a beautiful flower! Unfortunately, I’m not familiar with Australian plants, maybe someone else will know.

For the Brugmansia, they are normally not that hardy – certainly not hardy enough to stay outdoors if you get any frost or snow.

However, some plants will die back to the roots and come back when the weather is warm enough, so that is definitely a possibility.

If you’re right on the coast you may be in Zone 10, which means that you very rarely get any frost – and you’re in luck! Brugmansia is hardy in Zones 8-11.

More about finding your zone here.

This page has a lot of details about overwintering them and the steps to take.