Sunday, 1 May 2011

Gentiana paradoxa

Gentiana paradoxa
A fabulous and rarely seen late summer and autumn flowering species. The elegant clear blue flowers appear at the tips of a cluster of upright 6 inch stems in August and September. The narrow leaves typically turn yellowish toward the end of the season making a very pleasing combination. 
Gentiana paradoxa
This is not one of the Asiatic autumn flowering gentians. This one comes from the Caucasus and does not require acid soil. In fact, despite warnings to the contrary, I have found this an easy going species for rock gardens and raised beds.
10cm pots ~ £8



Jasminum fruticans

Jasminum fruticans
A terrific little shrub with fresh yellow (unscented) flowers in summer and neat little pinnate leaves. Makes a twiggy bush not more than three feet high here.
Easy in any sunny spot in the garden where it won't be overwhelmed by boisterous neighbours.
I have no idea why this is not very popular indeed.
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