Monday, 28 July 2014

Silene regia

Silene regia
One of the Fire Pinks - so called because of their habit of appearing quickly after fires in the woods of eastern USA.
Silene regia
The flowers are plentiful, of good size and intense scarlet, and produced on slender plants of about 2ft tall. They actually thrive best in dry shade, or at least, they like semi shade, and do not appreciate badly drained soils.
1L pots ~ £6



Cissus striata

Cissus striata
There are not that many evergreen climbers hardy in the UK, and this South American vine is decidedly borderline but worth considering for sheltered sites, especially in shady spots. It's a close relative of the Virginia Creepers and Boston Ivies (Parthenocissus sp) but with neat glossy leaves and far less rampageous and being evergreen of course, it does not colour up in the Autumn. The plant in the picture grows on the front of the house where it is a bit too exposed. In this situation it behaves as a herbaceous climber, being more or less cut to the ground in hard winters. Even so it has always come back in spring and clothes the porch wall very nicely every summer. In warmer climates it gets a lot bigger and makes pale flowers and black berries. It can also be grown as a house plant.
3L pots ~ £12