Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Seemannia nematanthodes

Seemannia nematanthodes
A gorgeous plant producing a large crop of rich velvety scarlet flowers over a long period in late summer and autumn until the frosts come. Originally billed as the hardy Gloxinia - this is cold tolerant but needs a drier winter than we normally experience.
Seemannia nematanthodes
Best in leafy soil in shade. Try it outdoors in a sheltered spot among evergreen shrubs. Some of the tubers can be lifted in the autumn (a large crop is usually produced) as insurance. Failing that, a fabulous pot plant for the cold greenhouse.
£8



Clerodendrum trichotomum fargesii

Clerodendron trichotomum fargesii
Masses of fragrant creamy flowers in summer followed by striking blue berries with contrasting wine red calyces in autumn.
Clerodendron trichotomum fargesii
A deservedly popular hardy shrub or small tree of which there never seem to be enough available. Easy on almost any soil in sun but needs plenty of space due to suckering.
£15



Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Incarvillea Brighton Pride

Incarvillea Brighton's Pride
I requested seeds of "Incarvillea zhongdianensis alba" from the AGS exchange back in 2011. Most of them came up as I.delavayi but one came up with very rich pink flowers, well textured foliage and a bit shorter at 8-10ins tall.
Incarvillea Brighton's Pride
At first I thought it was a dark pink form of delavayi (which is itself a good thing as there aren't many cultivars of the species) but now I think it might be a hybrid. At any rate it's a very good colour (it really glows on the nursery at the moment), it seems very tough (other species have been a bit hit and miss for me here) and it comes +/- true from seed so I've been raising as many as I can and this year I'm offering it for sale.
Incarvillea Brighton's Pride
I'm calling it Brighton Pride in honour of my home town's spirit of lively diversity
£8




Rubus lineatus vietnamensis

Rubus lineatus vietnamensis
R.lineatus is a gorgeous species grown for its finely textured palmate foliage – fresh green above, silver beneath. It forms a suckering colony and can travel quite widely but I’ve never seen it become a real nuisance like some Rubus.
Rubus lineatus vietnamensis
I’d grow it among other shrubs and robust herbaceous perennials and let it wander about. The contrast with broad leathery leaves is very telling. As the foliage is damaged by drought and freezing winds it needs moist sheltered woodland to look its best.
Vietnamensis is very like the species but Barry Clark (holder of the national Rubus collection) reckoned it might be a little hardier
£14



Manfreda maculosa

Manfreda maculosa
Related to Agave and Yucca – this is a small Aloe-like perennial from Texas. The grey leaves have conspicuous black spots, are soft and brittle, and without spines.
Manfreda maculosa
These are hardy if kept dry in winter but not tried outside here yet
£8



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 protection from freezing winds, full sun and free drainage. Height ultimately about 2ft, 4ft across.
£8



Robinia hispida fertilis

Robinia fertilis
I’ve been wanting to reintroduce some of these shrubby Robinias for a long time – nobody seems to be doing them anymore but they’re a beautiful group (quite unlike the immense and frankly weedy black locust tree - R.pseudacacia) with lovely fresh green pinnate leaves and beautiful rosy pink pea flowers.
Robinia fertilis
The new shoots and seed pods are bristly red. Very classy.
Robinia fertilis seed pods
Medium-sized multi-stemmed shrubs, easy to grow in any well-drained soil in sun.
£12