Thursday, 9 May 2013

Piptanthus nepalensis

Piptanthus nepalensis
A really striking shrub, notable not just for the acid yellow flowers, but also for the dark green foliage and, once the leaves drop in autumn, the rich lustrous black-green stems (a bit like the black bamboo, as my mate Richard pointed out the other day).
Hardy and adaptable but probably at its best with some shelter. Other members of this group (Laburnum, brooms etc) are real sun lovers, but Piptanthus nepalensis can look a little washed-out in too much heat and drought. It often looks its best in less exposed, cooler, and even semi-shady conditions.
Can be grown as a free-standing multi-stemmed shrub or trained on a wall.
5L pots ~ £14




Monday, 6 May 2013

Viola pinnata

Viola pinnata
Viola pinnata
Pretty purple violet flowers produced in profusion among a clump of most un-violet-like fingered foliage. This is a European alpine species, almost never seen in cultivation to my knowledge, but which seems very happy indeed here in our sunny raised bed.
10cm pots ~ £5





Thursday, 2 May 2013

Thalictrum rochebrunianum

Thalictrum rochebrunianum
A fabulous tall species, related to delavayi but larger in all parts, and very fine. For moist cool sites, sheltered from drying winds. Grows beautifully here on the Wealden clay, among Acers, Hostas, Trollius and Dicentra.
5L pots ~ £12



The new growth and seed heads are good too.
Thalictrum rochebrunianum