Ashford Red’, â˜Canary Bird’, â˜Orange King’ and deepest maroon red â˜Nabob’ are a few of the highly collectable abutilon cultivars that are becoming available from specialist nurseries and good garden centres. (The RHS Plant Finder is an invaluable guide to suppliers.) A. megapotamicum â˜Variegatum’ and A. pictum â˜Savitzii’ generally get noticed for their large and colourfully mottled leaves rather than for the comparatively shy flowers, and so add an extra dimension to the tropical mix. DINING TABLE FOR 2 PERSONS While A. megapotamicum is less hardy, plants can usually be treated as year-round shrubs in the warmer microclimate of protected city gardens. Elsewhere, they can be grown in pots and removed to a frost-free position over the winter months. In fact, growing these more tender kinds of abutilon in pots is a good strategy, because it prevents them becoming straggly and also provides an opportunity for some exciting group planting, with tender perennials, for example, and other exotica.