Thursday, 18 August 2016
Monday, 15 August 2016
Tuesday, 9 August 2016
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.
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
A very lovely Chinese pasque flower with the nearest blue flowers I've seen in the group.
Easy and hardy in 'alpine' conditions (freely drained but not parched soil and full exposure to the sun and air).
This is the parent plant in a garden in Ontario. Thanks to Rob & Sharon Illingworth for the seeds.
1L pots ~ £7
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.
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
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.
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