Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Helleborus lividus

Helleborus lividus
This Balearic endemic dwarf hellebore is normally very hardy or long-lived unprotected in the garden but these are seedlings of a strong and floriferous plant here at the nursery.
Helleborus lividus
The slight serration in the leaves means there's a good chance that it has some argutifolius in it (which, strictly speaking, would make it a form of sternii) but it is nevertheless a nice small plant with strong silver markings in the leaves and and purple tints in the flowers.
Ranunculus calandrinoides pink form and Helleborus lividus
Flowers in late winter and spring. I grow it in dry sunny Mediterranean conditions
£8



Salix bockii

Salix bockii
A very unusual willow for its summer/autumn flowering - the catkins are creamy white up to 2ins long on long slender branches covered in small oval grey green leaves.
Salix bockii
Frankly it looks nothing like a willow, but is an adaptable small to medium shrub suitable for any not-too-dry soils in sun or semi shade.
£10




Perovskia Filigran

Perovskia Filigran
A choicer, shorter plant than the P.atriplicifolia cultivars we normally see and probably a form or hybrid of P.abrotanoides, which is less easy to grow in moist mild climates.  The silver foliage is very finely cut, the stems are white and the flowers are intense blue.
Perovskia Filigran
I’ve not yet worked out how to get the best from it but a very dry site with maximum exposure is probably the key. Very cold hardy.
£8




Pilea and Lecanthus

Pilea are probably better known as houseplants but some of the Asian species seem to be hardy in moist woodland conditions.

Pilea aff. plataniflora Pelling PB02-518
Pilea cf. plataniflora Pelling PB02 518
A low bushy woodlander with smooth elliptical fresh green leaves with three prominent veins, and branching sprays of tiny creamy flowers. For damp shady conditions
£7



Pilea sp. DS 834
Pilea sp.DS 834
Another luxuriant woodland ground-cover, more like the tropical P.cadieri with serrated, silver splashed leaves.
£7


Lecanthus aff. peduncularis
Lecanthus aff. peduncularis
A peculiar little woodlander – a member of the nettle family (but non-stinging) making a fresh green ground-cover. The flowers are individually tiny but gathered into pale fruit-pastille-like heads, reminiscent of a Dorstenia. More of a curio than a great beauty but I really like it.
£7



Aristolochia baetica

Aristolochia baetica
A small climber from southern Spain and Portugal that can be seen there twining about among the shrubs with its grey heart shaped leaves and maroon pitcher-shaped flowers. It’s one of the more vigorous and obvious of the Mediterranean species and worth trying in a sheltered sunny well-drained site, but it isn’t very hardy. I recommend planting it under a smallish shrub like a Cistus or broom and letting it grow forward among the branches. Even if it gets frosted the roots will usually regenerate
£10



Bomarea aff. caldasii

Bomarea maybe caldasii
There seems to be some confusion about exactly whether caldasii is in cultivation but with funnel shaped orange and red flowers this appears to be something very similar. The inner petals are orange/yellow, the outer are coral red. There are no other markings but the black anthers are prominent.
Bomarea maybe caldasii
Untried outside, but like many Bomarea, the roots go so deep that they are unlikely to freeze in a normal UK winter. Climbing to about 2m, and dying down in winter.
£12



Viburnum cylindricum

Viburnum cylindricum
An evergreen species grown for the unusual greyish cast to the foliage and panicles of creamy flowers in summer. Bloomy black fruits. 
Viburnum cylindricum
An uncommon large shrub – excellent on chalk.
£16