Monday, 9 August 2010

Sophora davidii

Sophora davidii
A very lovely medium sized evergreen shrub with fresh green pinnate foliage and white flowers tinted dark violet. The more vigorous stems are also dark violet and can be a feature in winter. The seed pods too are a bit unusual.
Adaptable and easy in any well drained sunny site.
5L pots ~ £14




Crusea coccinea

Crusea coccinea
A relatively new plant to cultivation, this Central American woodlander with vivid red tubular flowers is in fact related to the tropical Ixora and Bouvardia. Not very hardy but easy from cuttings or in a sheltered shady garden perhaps.
1L pots ~ £7




Euptelea polyandra


Euptelea polyandra, originally uploaded by peganum.
A collector's piece - the two species of Euptelea are unusual hardy deciduous small trees or large shrubs (to about 5m), somewhat reminiscent of a Tilia perhaps but not closely related to them or to anything else for that matter.
Euptelea polyandra
The flowers are a dusky reddish colour with prominent anthers but are more curious than striking and this is one of those trees (like Zelkova, Nyssa, Cercidiphyllum or Parrotia for example) grown more for foliage effect and overall form.
Adaptable in sun or semi shade. I've not tried it on chalk, but I've no reason to think it would object as long as not too dry.

7L pots ~ £20 Too large to post


Silene zawadskii

Silene zawadskii

If you have ever admired the fresh white blooms of the white campion but wished it wasn't quite so weedy this might be the answer. This 'alpine' version is very neat and adaptable.
3in square pots ~ £5




Silene zawadskii