Monday, 22 June 2015

Spiraea densiflora splendens

Spiraea splendens
The Spiraeas are a another group that is unfairly ignored due to a few nondescript but all too common representatives but S.splendens is a neat little shrub with small rounded pale sea green leaves and vivid pink flowers.
Spiraea splendens
Very pretty indeed, and easy too, given sun and free drainage. Thanks to Dennis Carvalho once again, for the seed.
1L pots ~ £9




Amsonia hubrichtii

Amsonia hubrechtii
I first saw this some years ago at Kew and was very impressed with the very fine delicate foliage, turning golden in autumn. Further research told me that it doesn't do very well in the UK because it's not warm enough here in summer. Happily I'm here to tell you that isn't the case.
Amsonia hubrechtii
Arguably the best of the Amsonias – a relatively small species (to 18ins high) with very fine fresh green foliage which can colour up amazingly in the autumn in shades of gold, russet and maroon. The soft mauve flowers are just a very pleasant bonus.
Amsonia hubrichtii autumn foliage
Easy to grow anywhere in sun but does best on a sunny well-drained soil.
1L pots ~ £8




Armeria welwitschii

Armeria welwitschii
An unusually big, almost shrubby thrift from Portugal - exactly like the common native seaside plant but scaled up in every part, with tough sea-green 3in leaves and bright pink flower heads on wiry stems (please note - the flower colour in this photo is not pale, it's over-exposed. This is one of those plants whose flower colour is so saturated that it tends to wash out when photographed.) Easy in any sunny well-drained situation.
1L pots ~ £5