Fatsia are evergreen shrubs often referred to as the Castor Oil plant. The list of plants that will grow in difficult conditions is frutratingly short however this tough evergreen is one of the best on this short list, vying with Bergenia for having the largest and most dramatic leaves that are shiny and leathery. Fatsia is often grown as an indoor plant but comes into its own outside where the leaves darken and weather to a thicker texture. Older plants will produce strange, other-wordly looking creamy-white flowers. If you are really lucky, sooty-purple seedheads will follow. Fatsia is a fairly forgiving plant but growth will be more vigorous in fertile soil with a regular supply of water. Whilst Fatsia Japonica is not completely hardy everywhere in Britain, given a degree of shelter it is remarkably unfussy.