Thursday, 18 August 2016

Codonopsis rotundifolia angustifolia

Codonopsis rotundifolia angustifolia
The name translates as the narrow leaved, round leaved Codonopsis, which is helpful. The main attractions though are the creamy, maroon veined bells which appear in late summer.
Codonopsis rotundifolia angustifolia
An easy herbaceous climber for woodsy conditions in semi shade.
1L pots ~ £7



Monday, 15 August 2016

Lonicera hirsuta

Lonicera hirsuta
A honeysuckle from North America with broad green leaves and heads of golden flowers subtended by a pair of rounded bracts.
Lonicera hirsuta
A lovely and rare woodland climber.
3L pots ~ £8



Lobelia laxiflora angustifolia

Lobelia laxiflora
A spreading perennial with fresh narrow foliage topped in summer with tubular orange and yellow flowers.
Hardy here. It might suffer in a very cold year but otherwise a reliable border perennial. This has a reputation for running but I’ve not found it excessive.
1L pots ~ £7



Allium macranthum

Allium macranthum
A quite highly sought-after Asian species, superficially similar to A.cernuum but slightly larger and without the nodding flower stem.
Allium macranthum
It also needs cooler, moister conditions.  In this form the flowers are a soft purple.
10cm pots ~ £7




Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Petunia excerta

Petunia excerta
Not your average Petunia - a wild species, possibly hardy and perennial (actually the tender bedding species are also perennial, but this is supposed to be more likely to survive the winter outside here)
I recommend as dry a winter as you can manage and not freezing through if at all possible. Alternatively, take cuttings and overwinter them in the greenhouse.
Petunia excerta
The flowers more closely resemble some sorts of Nicotiana (the two genera are closely related) and are a terrific rich velvet red - not scented though, sadly. A neat bushy plant.
At any rate at least an excellent new plant for summer bedding, containers etc
1L pots ~ £5



Pulsatilla bungeana

Pulsatilla bungeana
A very lovely Chinese pasque flower with the nearest blue flowers I've seen in the group.
Pulsatilla bungeana
Easy and hardy in 'alpine' conditions (freely drained but not parched soil and full exposure to the sun and air).
Pulsatilla bungeana
This is the parent plant in a garden in Ontario. Thanks to Rob & Sharon Illingworth for the seeds.
1L pots ~ £7



Vitex


Vitex agnus-castus
Vitex agnus-castus
The Chaste Tree. Actually a shrub with spikes of purple flowers in autumn over narrow-fingered slightly suede textured foliage and stems. Often written off as tender when it isn’t - it does however flower very late and so the flowers can be destroyed by frost. The plant though almost always comes through – in southern England at any rate.
Vitex agnus-castus
Needs full sun and good drainage, and excellent on chalk. Very drought-tolerant and undemanding generally. If worst comes to worst and it is cut back by frost, it regenerates quickly from the roots.
3L pots ~ £8



Vitex negundo Heterophylla
Vitex negundo heterophylla
A hardier Chinese species than agnus-castus that seems to flower over a longer period in summer so possibly better for ordinary garden conditions. The flower spikes are looser and paler and the leaflets are broader and paler.
Vitex negundo heterophylla
In the form Heterophylla, the foliage is attractively toothed and the whole effect is fresh and light. Can make a large shrub in a sunny spot.
2L pots ~ £8