Monday, 9 February 2015

Phlomis samia

Phlomis samia
A very unusual species grown for its smoky suede brown flowers. These are born in whorls on upright stems like other Phlomis, but this is a hardy herbaceous perennial, dying down to a leafy rosette in winter, rather than a shrub. There are a few other herbaceous Phlomis, including the more familiar russeliana and cashmeriana but despite the less colourful flowers I like this one best. Tough and adaptable.
1L pots ~ £6



Iris variegata

Iris variegata
One of my favourite Irises - very adaptable and easy and free flowering. There are several similar cultivars (Niebelungen most obviously) but this is one of those cases where one wonders why the plant breeders bother - the basic species is so good. Leave them alone guys!
Iris variegatus
A beautiful and adaptable species from Eastern Europe (the seed came from Moravia), this is a medium sized bearded species and thrives in a wide variety of garden conditions as long as not too shady or wet.
(Not to be confused with I.pallida variegata which has variegated foliage and violet flowers.)
1L pots ~ £6