Saturday, 2 June 2012

Three particularly fine items


Dianthus pinifolius
Dianthus pinifolius
A very rare and classy species, producing tight tussocks of pine-needle-like foliage (hence the name). In summer, dense heads of dark ruby red flowers are produced on wiry stems, high above the foliage. For an open site in sun. Seems to need especially sharp drainage and should fare especially well on chalk.
10cm pots ~ £5





Linum suffruticosum salsoloides
Linum suffruticosum salsoloides
An exquisite miniature flax from Spain, and another plant that is inexplicably rare in cultivation in the UK. A mat of greyish heather-like shoots produces incredibly finely crafted white flax flowers on wiry stems in summer. 
Linum suffruticosum salsoloides
An absolutely gorgeous miniature for a hot dry situation where it won’t be overwhelmed by rougher neighbours. Completely hardy here. Ideal for troughs and raised beds.
10cm pots ~ £5




Arenaria sp. probably grandiflora
Arenaria sp sent as Linum suffruticosum nanum
The seed of this came to me as Linum suffruticosum nanum, and the plants seems to have been doing the rounds under that name for a while. It's definitely an Arenaria, but I'm not absolutely certain which one. It's jolly pretty anyway, and an easy trough or rock plant making dense mats of needle-like green leaves covered in summer with white flowers.
10cm pots ~ £3




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