Monday, 24 June 2013

A Ceanothus, a Rubus and a Salvia


Ceanothus papillosus
Ceanothus papillosus
A gorgeous and rarely seen species with sky blue flowers and glistening, slightly sticky leaves. Reputedly not quite as hardy as the popular hybrids (although the one planted out at the nursery one survived last spring's razor winds with minimal damage) but definitely worthy of a more sheltered spot, or near the sea.
1L pots ~ £8




Rubus ludwigii
Rubus ludwigii
An unusual species of ‘whitewash bramble’ from South Africa. The foliage is beautifully jagged cut and bright glossy green above, white beneath, like the spiny stems. The flowers are small and pink but not unappealing. I've not seen the fruits yet. I've not had it long but I have it on good authority that this species was untroubled by temperatures of -12C over the last few years.
2L pots ~ £6



Salvia chamelaeagnea
Salvia chamelaeagnea
An upright semi-shrubby species from South Africa with really very striking blue and white flowers in reddish calyces. In the wild I understand this is a seaside evergreen and in sheltered and mild areas it may well be the same here. In Sussex at least, it gets frosted to the ground but regenerates strongly in plenty of time to flower.
1L pots ~ £6




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