Saturday, 25 June 2022

Talinum calycinum

Talinum calycinum
A terrific little hardy succulent from the southern USA with vivid pink flowers on slender stems above neat tussocks of narrow green leaves. 
Talinum calycinum
Needs full sun and dry soils. Dies down to the roots in winter when it should be kept on the dry side. Fully frost hardy.
£6

Rubus calophyllus

Rubus calophyllus
Related to Rubus lineatus but leaves consist of with one broad leaf instead of several leaflets. Otherwise it has the same very beautiful corrugated leaves, fresh green above and silver below. The flowers are small but red.
Rubus calophyllus
Hardy but needs moisture and shelter to thrive.
£16

Thursday, 23 June 2022

Viburnum obovatum

Viburnum obovatum
Almost never available in the UK, this is a very distinctive species from the south-eastern USA with tiny blunt rounded leaves on very fine stems. The new shoots are red/purple tinted and being semi-evergreen, it also colours up a bit in autumn. Pretty white flowers are produced in dense clusters in spring and the berries are blue/black. Can make a large shrub but easily controlled. 
Viburnum obovatum
Not entirely hardy in the UK so a sheltered site is recommended, not too dry.
£16

Setaria palmifolia

Setaria palmifolia
A large and dramatic grass with strikingly ribbed leaves and forming a tussock to about 2ft high and twice that across. The flowers are relatively modest millet-like sprays but the overall effect is very lush and exotic. 

Setaria palmifolia
Usually considered a tender species for subtropical bedding but I've had it for years in open borders both on heavy clay soil and the better drained soil at the nursery, mulched with straw in winter. It usually gets heavily bitten back in winter but there's always been plenty of root for it to come back strongly in spring.
£8

Photinia glomerata

Photinia prionophylla
This looks a lot like what Hilliers manual describes as ‘Formosan form’, and for a while I was offering it as P.prionophylla, but I am assured that glomerata is the correct identification. 
Photinia sp Bodnant
A very gorgeous shrub nevertheless - more rounded and compact than P.serratifolia, with broad rounded leaves (to about 3ins across) opening a rich mahogany in early spring, with a soft downy white covering. The flowers are the normal type. Easy and adaptable and tolerant of heavy and wet soils.
£18

Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Phlomis lanata

Phlomis lanata
A dwarf version of the well-known Jerusalem Sage. The flower heads are a similar (but I think better) dusky gold colour and the foliage is of much the same fuzzy grey green, but everything about the plant is neater and better shaped than the larger species. 
Phlomis lanata
This is another plant previously thought to be too tender for most gardens, I've found it very easy to please so far, given full sun and free drainage. Height ultimately about 2ft, 4ft across.
£12

Notocactus (now Parodia) magnificus

Notocactus magnificus
I have a few babies of this magnificent cool-growing species ready to go in 3in pots. 
Mature plants are more or less spherical, up to 10ins across, sea green with dense bands of straw-coloured prickles along the ridges. Lemon-yellow flowers are produced regularly.
Notocactus magnificus
Not hardy, but doesn't need much heat - just frost free and dry in winter.
£6