Tuesday, 2 June 2015

New Catalogue


Asclepias exaltata
Asclepias exaltata

Just to draw attention to the newly updated catalogue available to download online or order through the post for the measly fee of two first class stamps! (There is always a link to the catalogue in the panel top left of my web site.)

Impatiens oxyanthera Milo
Impatiens oxyanthera Milo

As usual almost everything here is difficult or impossible to source elsewhere, and new things are added all the time.

Dipelta ventricosa
Dipelta ventricosa

I update the paper catalogue two or three times a year, and it has many more varieties than here on the blog so it's well worth checking regularly.

Hugueninia tanacetifolia suffruticosa
Hugueninia tanacetifolia suffruticosa

Thank you

New Abelias

Abelia are very popular with gardeners - especially the perhaps too well known hybrid grandiflora. It is quite a varied genus though including evergreen and deciduous species, hardy and not so hardy, early and late flowering species, some with jasmine-like fragrant flowers and others with larger, more colourful but scentless flowers. (To reflect this diversity the group has recently undergone taxonomic revision, which I am generally in favour of, but for the time being I'm using the old system.)
I was given cutting material and young plants of several Abelias from Peter Catt last summer. Some are already ready to go.

Abelia engleriana
Abelia engleriana
Soft mauve pink lightly scented flowers, with clear orange markings inside, over a long period in summer. A medium sized arching shrub to 6ft, evergreen in mild localities but deciduous in cold winters. Best with shelter.
1L pots ~ £8



Abelia schumannii
Abelia schumannii
Very like engleriana but smaller and hardier and with paler flowers, less orange inside.
1L pots ~ £8



Abelia sp. from Peter catt
Abelia sp from Peter Catt
Very excited about this one. I need to get the source details from Peter. Soft rosy white flowers with orange inside among relatively large (2in) very shiny foliage (Abelias are not known for their attractive foliage.)
Abelia sp
Has so far proved very vigorous and easy, but hardiness has not been tested.
1L pots ~ £8



see also Abelia floribunda and Abelia triflora