Saturday, 13 May 2017

Eryngium glaciale

Eryngium glaciale
A perfect miniature species with very fine silver-white foliage and bracts - a very rarely offered species from the mountains of Spain.
Eryngium glaciale
For dry sunny conditions - it will probably need protection from the worst of the weather but is otherwise hardy
1L pots ~ £8



Dierama igneum

Dierama igneum
A medium sized species, forming a dense tussock of narrow leaves. The funnel-shaped flowers are of an unusual terracotta hue and held on fine arching stems to about 3ft high.
Dierama igneum
Hardy and reliable.
1L pots ~ £8




New Dianthus


Dianthus ferrugineus
Dianthus ferrugineus
Shocking cherry red flowers appear in tight heads on tall stems above fine grey tussocks of grey leaves in early summer.
Dianthus ferrugineus

For dry soils in sun.
3in pots ~ £5



Dianthus pinifolius
Dianthus pinifolius
A very rare and classy species, producing tight tussocks of pine-needle-like foliage (hence the name). In summer, dense heads of dark ruby red flowers with violet anthers are produced on wiry stems, high above the foliage. For an open site in sun. Seems to need especially sharp drainage and should fare especially well on chalk.
3in pots ~ £5



Dianthus superbus
Dianthus superbus
Much more informal and grassy than most pinks but with exquisite and quite large pale filigree flowers on tall stems in late spring/early summer. The ragged and finely marked flowers are worth looking at closely and are heavily fragrant.
Dianthus superbus
A superb and rarely seen ‘old fashioned’ cottage garden pink - not at all garish or artificial looking.
3in pots ~ £5



Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Heuchera Brownfinch

Heuchera Brownfinch
A change from the endless stream of bedding Heuchera that are so fashionable at the moment – this is very close in appearance to H.cylindrica which is usually available in a form known as Greenfinch. Brownfinch has the same cylindrical flower spikes, but of a rather nice rich red brown, on unusually tall stems. The foliage is attractively silver splashed.
Heuchera Brownfinch
Rare in cultivation, but easily grown in sun or part shade. Keep an eye open for vine weevils, which love Heuchera roots.
1L pots ~ £8



Sunday, 7 May 2017

Iris aphylla

Iris aphylla
A medium sized bearded Iris species from Eastern Europe - an excellent species in the garden, forming compact clumps and always making plenty of rich purple flowers on short stems.
Iris aphylla buds
Also has excellent new foliage - a feature in itself.
Dracocephalum austriacum and Iris aphylla
Easy in the open garden in a sunny well-drained spot.
1L pots ~ £8




Friday, 28 April 2017

Ledebouria Gary Hammer

Ledebouria sp Gary Hammer
I've had a thing for Ledebouria ever since I first came across L.socialis when I was a teenager (Scilla violacea then) because of their interestingly mottled leaves and curious little flowers. It's a mainly African genus with a few species in south west Asia I believe. A few of the South Africans are reputed to be hardy to z7 if kept dry in winter, including this one and L.cooperi. Otherwise they make excellent pot plants for a frost-free greenhouse or stood outside in summer.
Ledebouria sp Garry Hammer
This species produces relatively long leaves with bold black blotches, and spikes of small greyish hyacinth flowers in summer. It is more or less deciduous in winter
10cm pots ~ £6



Saturday, 15 April 2017

Kalimeris incisa Edo Murasaki

Kalimeris incisa Edo Murasaki
A rather choice compact aster relative with flowers that remind me of Anemone blanda - with rich violet rays and yellow centres. The foliage is lush and deep green and the whole plant is of modest size without being a blobby dwarf.
Kalimeris incisa Edo Murasaki
Not fussy about soil or aspect as long as extremes are avoided, and flowering through the summer - usually June to autumn, but it started in March this year!
1L pots ~ £8