Sunday, 24 March 2019

Ercilla volubilis

Ercilla volubilis
An unusual Chilean climber related to Phytolacca with small wavy matt evergreen leaves, and clusters of pink scented fluffy inflorescences in spring. Can be trained on a sunny wall or growing through a large shrub or as ground cover.
Ercilla volubilis
Hardy and adaptable with a bit of shelter
£16




Tuesday, 12 March 2019

Codonopsis

Rather like a climbing Fritillaria is how I'd describe these unusual herbaceous vines. The flowers have the same bell-shape and a similar green and maroon colour scheme, though without the chequering. The markings are just as interesting however.
Often recommended for woodland conditions but adaptable to a variety of rich and not too dry soils where the vine can grow up through shrubs into the light. Watch out for molluscs early on. To 6ft tall. Flowering late summer/autumn.

Codonopsis viridis ex CC 7454
Codonopsis viridis CC 7650
An exquisitely marked species - highly desirable
£8




Codonopsis lanceolata
Codonopsis lanceolata in Schefflera taiwaniana
A particularly tough easy species with substantial jade and maroon bells
Codonopsis lanceolata and Tropaeolum speciosum in Schefflera taiwaniana
£8




Codonopsis ussuriensis

Codonopsis ussuriensis
Like lanceolata but with smaller, maroon bells. Also very hardy and easy
£8



Codonopsis rotundifolia grandiflora
Not flowered yet
£8




Codonopsis subscaposa
Not flowered yet
£8




Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum

Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum
This is one of those species where the flowers have a tall narrow hood. The best-known forms have yellowish or off-white flowers but this is a very nice dusky purple form, to about 3ft tall and flowering in late summer. Easy and hardy
Aconitum lycoctonum moldavicum
£8




Chasmanthe aethiopica

Chasmanthe aethiopica
A tender winter flowering bulb similar to Crocosmia. The plumes of scarlet flowers make it a striking greenhouse plant, perhaps for a large pot with plenty of moisture during the growing season. Not invasive.
Not a brilliant photo because they're too tall for the greenhouse staging. I'll keep them on a lower bench next year
£8



Monday, 11 February 2019

Weigela sp. TCM 12-852

Weigela sp. TCM 12 852
An unknown species  from Tom Mitchell. Early flowering with unusually broad fresh green leaves and soft rosy flowers. Rather choice. I like it a lot
Weigela sp. TCM 12-852
£16



Abelia (Linnaea) umbellata

Linnaea (Abelia) umbellata
An extremely rarely offered hardy species related to mosanensis and triflora. The flowers are jasmine-like rosy white tubes backed with maroon sepals and the leaves are relatively broad and dark green. I’ve not been growing it long enough to know what it does long term but it looks promising.
Linnaea (Abelia) umbellata
Cuttings given to me by Peter Catt
£16




Genista aetnensis

Genista aetnensis
The Mount Etna broom – a tree-like species producing in time a light, airy canopy of wiry silver green branchlets (no leaves as such) spangled in summer with fresh yellow pea flowers. Easy in any well-drained sunny site and a good deal tougher than one might expect – considering where it comes from.
£10