Saturday, 10 September 2016

Manettia cordifolia

Manettia cordifolia
An extremely pretty small herbaceous perennial climber from Brazil with lots of 2 in pure scarlet tubular flowers in late summer and autumn. Cultivation information is a little scarce but American sites seem to agree that this will grow in USDA z8 and as I grow quite a lot of z8 plants here I’m pleased to give it a try.
Manettia cordifolia
Even if it ends up being one of those plants that needs bringing in in the winter it will be worth it because of its modest size and the fact that it dies down completely to tuberous roots, which makes it very easy to handle. An ideal small vine for decorating shrubs or putting on a trellis.
1L pots ~ £8



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