Sunday, 17 August 2014

Philadelphus coulteri

Philadelphus coulteri
This is one of those highly sought-after Mexican 'Rose Syringas' with heavily scented waxy nodding bowl-shaped flowers, reddish toward the centre. Almost evergreen, of arching/weeping habit, and not too big, this can be grown against a wall or allowed to grow through other shrubs, as it does in the wild.
Philadelphus coulteri
Being Mexican and evergreen, this is almost certainly best in a sheltered spot. It has a reputation for not being free flowering in the UK but I've not found this to be the case. In any case it flowers over a much longer period than the more familiar mock oranges, and of course, the scent is wonderful.
Aka P.mexicanus coulteri.
3L pots ~ £12




Hedychiums


Two species raised from wild collected seed.

Hedychium yunnanense
Hedychium yunnanense
A lovely species with lightly scented flowers in August. Forms a relatively low (3-4ft) but very lush clump with broad fresh green leaves.
Hedychium yunnanense
Best in sun on a rich moist soil but good in part shade. A thick mulch will protect the rhizomes from frost in colder conditions. A good hardy species.
3L pots ~ £10



Hedychium spicatum - wild collected seed from Ciaojiang
Hedychium spicatum Ciaojiang
Very similar to the above but taller and with narrower foliage, and flowering later. 
3L pots ~ £10



Monday, 11 August 2014

Iris unguicularis Peloponnese Snow

Iris unguicularis Peloponnese Snow
I'm very excited to be able to offer this superb new wild form from Greece, given to me by Robert Rolfe a couple of years back. Since then it has proved hardy in a dry raised bed and flowered freely through much of last winter. This is a relatively small form of the species but remarkably vigorous.
Iris unguicularis Peloponnese Snow
The flowers were damaged by the heavy persistent rain and slugs this last mild wet winter and for that reason alone I might recommend alpine house or frame cultivation. In normal years they might well perform perfectly well in a sheltered spot in a south or east facing bed.
3in pots ~ £8