Monday, 17 October 2011

Alstroemeria brasiliensis

Alstroemeria brasiliensis
Very different from the more familiar garden hybrids but just as adaptable. This species forms a slowly spreading colony of stems up to 2ft tall and flowers sporadically through the summer. Excellent as a part of the ground cover under deciduous 'hardy exotic' trees and shrubs, or growing amongst things like Hedychium and Zantedeschia, to complete the subtropical scene. The colony from which these roots were taken have come through the last few winters unscathed in mid Sussex but might benefit from mulching in colder areas.
I was under the impression for a long time that this was a form of A.psittacina but the flowers here are of a more ruby red with less green.
2L pots ~ £7

 





Iris lazica

Iris lazica

A terrific alternative to the more familiar I.unguicularis - more adaptable and with better foliage, but somewhat later to flower (although I've seen flowers as early as November) It also does better in part shade and on moister soils and is therefore easier in British gardens.
p.s. I just had a look and there's already a flower coming through on the plant in our front garden - in mid October.
2L pots ~ £7