Friday, 4 September 2015

Heptacodium miconioides

Heptacodium miconioides
A large and very hardy shrub from northern China, grown mainly for the clusters of white flowers which are produced in late summer and which are extremely popular with butterflies. After a hot summer, these turn pink, or at least, the calyces turn pink around the fruits.
Heptacodium miconioides
The long curving leaves are also good, and in winter the flaking bark is a feature.
Heptacodium miconioides
To keep the plant a more manageable size and to get really big leaves (up to 9ins long), cut it back hard every few years.
For almost any soil in sun.
2L pots ~ £8



Heimia salicifolia

Heimia salicifolia
This is an unusual small shrub related to Lythrum and found all the way from south-western USA through Central America to as far south as Argentina apparently, and remarkably easy and adaptable. A hard winter will cut it down but being so late flowering it has time to get its act together.
Heimia salicifolia
The deep yellow flowers are an unusual shade but are complemented by the reddish new growth, and look very well indeed as a foil for red and orange flowers in the late border.
1L pots ~ £6