Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Jamesia americana

Jamesia americana
Looks like a cross between a Deutzia and a Viburnum and is in fact a close relative of the former, but from the western USA, rather than Asia. I have it on good authority that this never flowers in the UK - mine evidently haven't been informed. 
I have two forms - the 'normal' form, a medium sized shrub with leaves about 2ins across, and a compact form from Larimer Co. Colorado, which has smaller, more textured foliage. Both are flowering at the moment.
Jamesia americana
I've been keeping them with the other Californians in a relatively open sunny hot place but I now suspect they are better in a moist semi shady situation. 
2L pots ~ £12

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Schisandra chinensis

Schisandra grandiflora
A vigorous but choice vine with nodding rounded creamy gardenia-scented blooms in late spring. Best in a moist soil in a cool spot but quite adaptable.
3L pots ~ £14