Monday, 29 July 2013

Cynara humilis


Cynara humilis 
Cynara humilis
An exquisite dwarf cardoon to 18ins high and the same across, making rosettes of finely cut dark
green spikey leaves on the ground and relatively large vivid violet thistle heads. Wonderful.
Cynara humilis
For dry sunny sites.
Sold out - sorry

Cynara humilis white flowered form
Cynara humilis white
Often white forms do not compare well with the basic forms but this is at least as good. The
narrow filaments remind me of white chocolate cake decorations. Gorgeous.
Many thanks to Sal Soares for the seed.
3L pots ~ £9




Four Prairie legumes


Desmodium canadensis
Desmodium canadense
A hardy herbaceous perennial species from the USA with 3ft stems, fresh green pinnate foliage and loose sprays of bright pink pea flowers. Totally hardy and adaptable in any soil.
1L pots ~ £7




Petalostemon (Dalea) purpureum
Dalea purpurea
A small upright prairie plant related to Clover but you wouldn’t know it. The flowers are more like a Teasel. A nice understated addition to the prairie planting with grasses, Helenium, Sidalcea, Oenothera and the rest. Retentive or dryish soils in sun.
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Desmanthus illinoinensis
Desmanthus illinoinensis
A fully hardy herbaceous perennial mimosa with incredibly fine (tripinnate?) green foliage and white fluffy flowers. Any soil in sun.
Sold out for now



Orbexilum pedunculatum psoralioides (Psoralea psoralioides)
Orbexilum pedunculatum
A subtle little legume with soft mauve spikes of flowers, suitable for interplanting with other North American Prairie species like Callirhoe involucrata. Quietly pretty.
1L pots ~ £7




Monday, 15 July 2013

Adiantum venustum

Adiantum venustum
A completely hardy Maiden-hair fern – every bit as delicate looking as you’d expect but quite vigorous given a well-drained leafy soil in shade.
1L pots ~ £7





Clerodendron trichotomum fargesii

Clerodendron trichotomum fargesii
Masses of fragrant creamy flowers in summer followed by striking blue berries with contrasting wine red calyces in autumn.
Clerodendron trichotomum fargesii
A deservedly popular hardy shrub or small tree of which there never seem to be enough available.
Easy on almost any soil in sun.
Sold out for the time being - more soon

Desmodium callianthum


Desmodium callianthum
An appealing twiggy shrub producing rich pink flowers in rich red calyces on slim red stems through much of the summer. The foliage is also rather nice, being trifoliate (ie. clover leaf shape), rich red when new, then subtly variegated in two shades of green - the photo doesn't really do it justice.
Desmodium callianthum
An excellent and easy going hardy shrub for any soil in sun, flowering well into the autumn.
5L pots ~ £15




Silphium

My favourite sunflowers, and very unfairly neglected in the UK. The flowers are not bad - just a few, fresh yellow, on rigid upright stems, but the main thing is that they produce among the biggest, most luxuriant leaves of any hardy perennial - phenomenal at the front of the border emerging from lower growing types. These plants form a hefty root stock, but don't spread at all. Easy going but excellent on heavy fertile soils in sun.

Silphium laciniatum
Silphium laciniatum leavesSilphium laciniatum
Like some huge tropical fern - those leaves are 2ft tall. The stiff upright flower stem is a bonus, but cut it off if you don't like sunflowers. Easy in any fertile, retentive soil, and best at the front of the border where its stature can be appreciated. Perfect for prairie-style plantings, but best grown with plenty of space around it, or at the front to show the leaves off.
4L pots ~ £10




Silphium terebinthinaceum
Silphium terebinthinaceum
With huge aroid-like foliage (like a Colocasia or Anthurium?) to 12ins across - a stunning border plant, best grown among low foliage or in gravel to get the full effect.
Silphium terebinthinaceum
The flowers rise high above the leaves - to 10ft or more, and are smaller and on more slender stems than laciniatum, but still very tall.
4L pots ~ £10



Monday, 8 July 2013

Gladiolus flanaganii


Gladiolus flanaganii
An absolutely astonishing hardy species from near vertical cliffs in the Drakensberg. The plant is only 10ins high but the outsized vivid red flowers are rich red and grow out sideways. Hard to explain – has to be seen.
Gladiolus flanaganii
Closely related to the equally extraordinary G.cardinalis and should be just as hardy over much of the country in a well-drained sunny spot.
10cm pots ~ £7



Monday, 1 July 2013

Indigofera


Indigofera hebepetala
Indigofera hebepetala
A very striking species with fresh green leaflets and dramatic magenta and maroon flowers over a long period in summer. Easy and adaptable in any ordinary garden soil in sun.
Indigofera hebepetala
May need shelter in cold areas.
4L pots ~ £12




Indigofera pendula
Indigofera pendula
A tall lax shrub best grown among other sturdier shrubs which it will decorate with its fine silver green pinnate foliage and pendulous strings of pink pea flowers from June until the frosts come.
Indigofera pendula
Almost any half decent soil in sun. May need shelter in cold exposed areas.
Sold out for now - sorry